The Breakdown - sexual assault accusations

Former President George H.W. Bush is the target of yet another claim accusing him of groping a woman. He is just part of an increasing list of high-profile men getting called out for such allegations.

It seemed to start with Harvey Weinstein, whose past sexual assaults continue to be revealed with approximately fifty accusers.

Actress Ashley Judd now admits she made a deal to get him to lay off on his behavior by convincing him that if won her an Academy Award that she would sleep with him.

Then other big Hollywood names were outed such as movie director James Toback, 72, with approximately 200 accusers, 31 of whom went on record with the Los Angeles Times. They say Toback would poach women in places like parks, then take them to his office or hotel to talk careers but instead masturbate in front of them. Actresses Rachel McAdams and Selma Blair are among his accusers. 

Houston-area residents were not likely prepared for President George H.W. Bush to be added to that notorious list. At age 93, the 41st President of the U.S. has two accusers. He has apologized to the two women who say he grabbed them.

In an Instagram post that has since been deleted, actress Heather Lind says that President Bush grabbed her behind and told a dirty joke as they took promotional photos for a television show. 

Stage actress Jordana Grolnick says basically the same thing happened when they took a photo together. He allegedly told her his favorite magician was "David cop-a-feel" as he "dug his fingers into her flesh." 

Two tweets from women in 2014 from women referred to him making that same joke.

President Bush's team issued the following response:

At age 93, President Bush has been confined to a wheelchair for roughly five years, so his arm falls on the lower waist of people with whom he takes pictures. To try to put people at ease, the president routinely tells the same joke - and on occasion, he has patted women's rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner.

Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.

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