A second woman says that former President George H.W. Bush groped her during a past encounter together.
Actress Jordana Grolnick alleges that Bush touched her inappropriately after watching her perform in a play in Maine in August 2016.
“I guess I was thinking, ‘He’s in a wheelchair, what harm could he do?’” she told Deadspin Wednesday while recalling their meeting.
“He reached his right hand around to my behind, and as we smiled for the photo he asked the group, ‘Do you want to know who my favorite magician is?’” Grolnick recounted.
“As I felt his hand dig into my flesh, he said, ‘David Cop-a-Feel.’” [Others nearby] laughed politely and out of discomfort.”
Grolnick was appearing in a production of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" near Bush’s nearby vacation residence in Kennebunkport, Maine.
The performer’s account resembles similar allegations from actress Heather Lind that emerged earlier this week.
“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,” spokesman Jim McGrath said Wednesday.
“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,” he continued.
“Some have seen it as innocent; others clearly view it as inappropriate. To anyone he has offended, President Bush apologizes most sincerely.”
Lind earlier this week accused Bush of touching her from behind while they posed for a photo together and telling a dirty joke in a since-deleted Instagram post.
The incident allegedly occurred during a 2014 screening in Houston for Lind’s AMC television series, "TURN: Washington’s Spies."
“He didn’t shake my hand,” she wrote. “He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side.”
“He told me a dirty joke,” added Lind, who described the incident as being “sexually assaulted." “And then, while being photographed, touched me again.”
Women worldwide are sharing their experiences with sexual assault and harassment as part of the #MeToo campaign on social media.
The campaign began after multiple allegations of sexual misconduct emerged around Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein earlier this month.