Heather Lind: Actress Accuses George H.W. Bush of Sexual Assault

In the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal involving accusations of sexual harassment, sexual assault, and a pervasive culture of silence, more and more women are stepping forward with stories that they’ve kept quiet for too long.

Because public images don’t always match the real person behind the scenes, sometimes these accusations can come as quite a shock.

Actress Heather Lind has come forward with her #MeToo story … and she’s accusing none other than former US President, George H.W. Bush.

41st President George H.W. Bush is mostly remembered for his one-term Presidency, for his Vice President’s spelling gaffe, and for his infamous “read my lips” line that, like so many political promises, was nothing but empty words.

Oh, and for fathering George W. Bush, who would go on to be a President so infamous that it took the election of an orange menace to overshadow the possibly irreparable harm that he did to the US and its global image.

These days, H.W. Bush is in a wheelchair, and time and contrast have softened his image considerably, so that even those who were once his fiercest political critics don’t have many issues with him anymore.

But actress Heather Lind, known for her portrayal of Anna Strong in the AMC series, Turn: Washington’s Spies, has come forward with an accusation, sharing her lengthy #MeToo story on Instagram.

And what she has to say is not political, but deeply personal.

Her lengthy post begins:

“I was disturbed today by a photo I saw of President Barack Obama shaking hands with George H. W. Bush in a gathering of ex-presidents organizing aid to states and territories damaged by recent hurricanes.”

That, in and of itself, is not disturbing. It’s a great cause, actually.

“I found it disturbing because I recognize the respect ex-presidents are given for having served. And I feel pride and reverence toward many of the men in the photo.”

That’s more than a lot could say. (Personally, I could say that about one of them without reservation)

“When I got the chance to meet George H. W. Bush four years ago to promote a historical television show I was working on, he sexually assaulted me while I was posing for a similar photo.”

Oh gosh. We can see why the photo hit home for her.

“He didn’t shake my hand. He touched me from behind from his wheelchair with his wife Barbara Bush by his side.”

She’s not clear about how he allegedly touched her, and … it really shouldn’t matter whether he grabbed her butt or did something more invasive.

Sexual assault is wrong.

“He told me a dirty joke. And then, all the while being photographed, touched me again.”

Awful. But politeness kept her from responding, it seems.

She wasn’t, she says, the only one who noticed.

“Barbara rolled her eyes as if to say ‘not again.'”

Well, none of us can speak to what Barbara Bush was really thinking at the time. But if that really was her noticing and just feeling exhasperation instead of horror … that is alarming on a number of levels.

“His security guard told me I shouldn’t have stood next to him for the photo. We were instructed to call him Mr. President.”

One, that’s awful.

Two, that makes us wonder if George H.W. Bush is experiencing some form of dementia that is eroding his impulse-control.

Three, it would not be unheard of for wheelchair-bound old men to grope and harass pretty young women and get away with it just because they’re old and in wheelchairs. Especially when that man is powerful.

Heather Lind reflects upon that terrible experience.

“It seems to me a President’s power is in his or her capacity to enact positive change, actually help people, and serve as a symbol of our democracy.”

True. There’s so much more to being President than being Commander in Chief.

“He relinquished that power when he used it against me and, judging from the comments of those around him, countless other women before me. What comforts me is that I too can use my power, which isn’t so different from a President really.”

That’s one way of looking at it.

“I can enact positive change. I can actually help people. I can be a symbol of my democracy. I can refuse to call him President, and call out other abuses of power when I see them.”

Those are good things to do, right?

“I can vote for a President, in part, by the nature of his or her character, knowing that his or her political decisions must necessarily stem from that character.”

We can all do that.

“My fellow cast-mates and producers helped me that day and continue to support me.”

It’s good that she has a support network.

“I am grateful for the bravery of other women who have spoken up and written about their experiences.”

Remember, folks — strength in numbers. Just like Evan Rachel Wood says.

“And I thank President Barack Obama for the gesture of respect he made toward George H. W. Bush for the sake of our country, but I do not respect him. #metoo.”

To be clear, that second “him” means George H.W. Bush. Pronouns can be kind of vague.

That is heavy stuff.

While Heather Lind’s story evoked an outpouring of support, it seems that some people bristled over a former President being accused.

Because Heather Lind’s Instagram has been bombarded with hate.

So much so that Heather has deleted the original post. Unfortunately, even pictures of her holding her baby are getting the nastiest messages in the comments that you can imagine.

Sexual assault should not be a political issue, folks. There should not be two sides to this issue.

Have we learned nothing from the #MeToo movement?

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Kim Cattrall Says “Sex & The City” Should Recast Samantha With A Black Or Latino Actress Instead [Video]

Kim Cattrall is the missing piece in the ‘SATC 3’ production, rumored to be the whole reason it’s not going down. She tells Piers Morgan on his Life Stories show that she’s played Samantha past the point of necessity, and maybe Sarah Jessica Parker and the rest of the decision makers should think of making Samantha African American or Hispanic instead…

We doubt that would play too well suddenly changing the character’s actress 20 years in…but we guess her heart’s in the right place?

But why make the ethnic one the “ho friend?”

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George Clooney: Accused of Sexual Harassment by ER Actress Vanessa Marquez?!

All the Harvey Weinstein news that’s been coming out for the past several days … it sure has been tough to stomach, huh?

Every single day — sometimes it feels like nearly every single hour — we hear new details about all the horrible things he’s done throughout his career.

A new woman comes forward with a new story, filled with new horrors, as if our faith in humanity wasn’t shaky enough these days.

And the stories aren’t even just limited to the crimes of Harvey Weinstein: tons of celebrities are feeling inspired to share stories of sexual harassment they’ve experienced throughout their careers, regardless of who the perpetrator was.

We’ve heard (or been reminded) of some pretty terrible tales about Ben Affleck, and actors like Terry Crews and James Van Der Beek have made it clear that men are victims of sexual assault in Hollywood, too.

But now we’re hearing a new story — one about George Clooney.

And it sure is a doozy.

Let’s think back, around 20 years ago, to a time when George was on a little show called ER.

For the first three seasons of the show, George acted alongside a woman named Vanessa Marquez, who played the role of Nurse Wendy Goldman.

Vanessa didn’t return for the fourth season though, and except for a few small roles here and there, she hasn’t acted since.

And that’s because, as she claims, she was blacklisted from the industry after speaking out about sexual harassment on the set of the show.

The whole thing began when George made a statement about Harvey Weinstein — the two had worked together extensively over the years.

In the statement, he called Harvey’s actions “indefensible,” and claimed that “I’ve never seen any of this behavior — ever.”

Vanessa discussed the matter on Twitter, where she wrote “B.S. Clooney helped blacklist me when I spoke up abt harassment on ER. ‘Women who don’t play the game lose career’ I did.”

She says that she’s been telling this story since it happened over 20 years ago, but since George Clooney is such a beloved actor, no one believes her.

“Clooney is doing pre damage control,” she theorized about his Harvey statements. “He has his own secrets and I know them!”

She called him a “predator” and a “hypocrite,” and said that “He’s not who he pretends to be,” he’s “a monster in his own way.”

As for the harassment she faced on the set of ER, she said that she experienced both sexual assault — she referred to what happened to her as “pussy grabbing” — and that things also got racial, and she heard “Mexican jokes EVERY day.”

“Happened to all the women,” she claimed. “They chose 2 b victims. I fought.”

To be clear, she never says that George was one of the people who harassed her on set, just that he was involved in blacklisting her after she brought the issue to light.

Many people are alarmed at this story, because there’s never really been any horror stories about George Clooney.

And George himself has already taken the time to address this story.

“I had no idea Vanessa was blacklisted,” he said. “I take her at her word. I was not a writer or a producer or a director on that show.”

“I had nothing to do with casting. I was an actor and only an actor. If she was told I was involved in any decision about her carer then she was lied to.”

“The fact that I couldn’t affect her career is only surpassed by the fact that I wouldn’t,” he concluded.

Vanessa, meanwhile, stands by her story.

What awful story are we going to hear next?

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Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D Actress Chloe Bennet Slams Hollywood’s Racism

Hollywood’s racist undercurrent has long been felt without actually being acknowledge. It wasn’t until the whole #OscarsSoWhite backlash that people began calling out Tinseltown for their blatant racial bias.

Now Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D star Chloe Bennet has become the latest actress to put Hollywood’s racism on blast in a social media response to a fan questioning her decision to change her last name from Wang to Bennet.

“Changing my last name doesn’t change the fact that my BLOOD is half Chinese, that I lived in China, speak Mandarin or that I was culturally raised both American and Chinese. It means I had to pay my rent, and Hollywood is racist and wouldn’t cast me with a last name that made them uncomfortable.”

Dayumn!

Chloe also took to IG to praise actor Ed Skrein’s decision to step down from a role he landed in the reboot to Hellboy after people began to accuse the studio of whitewashing yet another role meant for someone of Asian heritage.

“DAMN, that’s a man. Thank you @edskrein for standing up against hollywoods continuous insensitivity and flippant behavior towards the Asian American community.”

While some people have attacked Chloe for her comments on social media by either calling her a sellout or simply mad that she’s addressing racism, it remains to be seen how this will impact her career going forward.

Hopefully, the talented actress doesn’t get the Colin Kaepernick treatment where good intentions lead to bad consequences courtesy of those in charge.

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Stevie Ryan Dies; Actress & Jenelle Evans Foe Was 33

Stevie Ryan, an actress and comedian best known in gossip circles for her lengthy feud with Teen Mom 2 star Jenelle Evans, has passed away.

Ryan was just 33 years old.

Details are still scarce, but police investigating the tragedy are describing Ryan’s death as an apparent suicide by hanging.

The shocking news comes just one week after Stevie publicly shared her grief over the death of her grandfather.

“I’m just worried that this is going to send me into a deeper depression,” Ryan stated on a recent episode of her podcast.

After moving to Los Angeles to pursue an acting career at the age of 19, Ryan unexpectedly found success through her YouTube channel.

Specifically, through her signature character, Little Loca.

Ryan eventually carved out a niche when she started poking fun at celebrities, going viral with a number of spot-on impressions.

Ryan told The Hollywood Reporter in 2012:

“I remember waking up and one Little Loca video had like 900 hits and I was like ‘Oh, my gosh. There’s people watching this?’” 

“And it just kept going and then I did this Paris Hilton thing and then it literally was just growing and growing.”

“And I just became so obsessed with all of it.”

Ryan landed a VH1 sketch series entitled Stevie TV in 2012 but despite critical acclaim, the show lasted only one season.

She went on to host Brody Jenner’s short-lived E! series, Sex With Brody. That series also lasted only one season (2015).

But it was her riffs on the Teen Mom phenomenon and its cast members that gained Ryan the most attention on social media.

Ryan mocked Farrah Abraham, Jenelle Evans, and others in a fashion that made her popular with many fans of the franchise.

On the flip side, it made her roundly despised by some of the show’s stars, who failed to see the humor in what she was doing.

At one point, Ryan publicly shared a series of flirtatious texts that she had received from Evans’ then-boyfriend Nathan Griffith.

Today, the 25-year-old Evans spoke out on social media after receiving word of Ryan’s death, acknowledging their feud.

“I know we pretty much hated each other but I’m sorry you had to go so soon pretty girl,” Jenelle tweeted.

Other Teen Mom stars have yet to publicly address Ryan’s death, but we suspect we’ll be hearing from more of them in due time.

As is to be expected amid such tragedy, thousands of tributes from fans of the gifted comic have already poured in on Twitter.

Many of the online reactions involve encouraging anyone who may be suffering from thoughts of suicide to seek immediate help. 

We strongly urge those who are struggling to take such steps sooner rather than later, and our thoughts go out to Ryan’s family.

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Anita Pallenberg Dies; Actress & Longtime Partner of Keith Richards Was 73

Anita Pallenberg – actress, model, and longtime partner of legendary Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards – has passed away at 73.

Her death was announced Tuesday evening by close friend Stella Schnabel.

No cause of death was stated.

Schnabel paid tribute to Pallenberg in a heartfelt Instagram post:

“I have never met a woman quite like you Anita. I don’t think there is anybody in this universe like you. No one has ever understood me so well.” 

“You showed about life and myself and how to grow and become and exist with it all. I was a little girl thinking I was big but I became a woman through knowing you.”

“The greatest woman I have ever known. Thank you for the most important lessons – because they are ever changing and definitive. Like you. We are all singing for you, how you liked it. Go in peace my Roman mother, you will always be in my heart.”

Pallenberg found early success as a model and actress (she appeared alongside Mick Jagger in the 1970 cult classic Performance), but it was her personal and artistic involvement with the Rolling Stones for which she’s best remembered.

After sneaking backstage at a Stones concert in 1965, Pallenberg kicked off a tumultuous relationship with band co-founder Brian Jones.

When she and Jones parted ways, Pallenberg became involved with Richards, beginning a romance that would last for 22 years and yield three children.

During her time with Richards, Pallenberg enjoyed such creative clout among the Stones that some of the band’s best known recordings were remixed at her suggestion.

Pallenberg is credited as a background singer on the band’s 1968 classic “Sympathy For the Devil.”

Richards’ years with Pallenberg were among the most turbulent of his famously wild life.

In his 2010 memoir, the rock icon stated that he and Pallenberg endured a “descent into hell” together, each becoming addicted to heroin during their relationship. 

“I like a high-spirited woman. And with Anita, you knew you were taking on a valkyrie — she who decides who dies in battle,” Richards wrote in the book.

Pallenberg is survived by Marlon and Angela, her two children with Richards.

The couple had another son, Tara, who died from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome in 1976.

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R.I.P. “Happy Days” Actress Erin Moran Passes Away At 56

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“Happy Days” Star Erin Moran Found Dead In Indiana Home

Sad news for “Happy Days” fans. Actress Erin Moran who played Joanie Cunningham on the show, was found dead in her home Saturday, April 22. She was only 56-years-old.

Authorities responding to a 911 call pronounced her dead when they arrived at the scene.

“An autopsy is pending,” the Harrison County sheriff’s department told the Associated Press in a statement. She lived with her second husband, Steve Fleischmann.

She was remembered on social media by several of her former co-stars:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Moran’s loved ones.


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