Two more women accuse George HW Bush of groping

Author Christina Baker Kline says Bush joked before grabbing her bottom in 2014

Former US president George H W Bush has apologised through a spokesman following allegations by actor Heather Lind that he groped her as they posed for photographs together in 2014. Video: Reuters

 

Two more women have accused former US president George HW Bush of groping them.

Author Christina Baker Kline said the 41st president made the same joke others have mentioned before grabbing her bottom in 2014 in Houston.

She said a driver for Mr Bush told her she hoped she would be “discreet”.

Amanda Staples, a former candidate for state Senate, told the Portland Press Herald in Maine she was groped by Mr Bush in 2006 in Kennebunkport.

Two actresses have already accused Mr Bush of groping them.

The former president’s office said the 93-year-old has “patted women’s rears in what he intended to be a good-natured manner”.

The statement said he apologises “to anyone he has offended”. – PA