Theater staffers had allegedly complained the former president was “creepy.”
Another woman came forward on Thursday, describing an incident similar to George H.W. Bush’s encounters with other women.
Christina Baker Kline, a novelist who was invited to Houston for a fundraiser hosted by the Barbara Bush Foundation in 2014, wrote in Slate on Thursday that the former president groped her during a photo op.
“President Bush put his arm around me, low on my back. His comic timing was impeccable,” Baker Kline wrote. ”‘David Cop-a-feel,’ he said, and squeezed my butt, hard, just as the photographer snapped the photo. Instinctively, I swiped his hand away.”
A photo published by Slate shows the encounter, and Bush’s hand can be seen wrapped around Baker Kline’s waist. In her account, Baker Kline said after she told her husband about the photo in a car driven by a Bush family friend, the driver said she hoped Baker Kline would be “discreet.”
A woman who witnessed George H.W. Bush groping a fellow actress says the cast was warned that the former president could get “handsy.”
Emma Sohlberg, 24, was an ensemble member in the 2016 performance of the “Hunchback of Notre Dame” at the Ogunquit Playhouse in Maine when Bush and his wife, Barbara, attended a performance. During the show’s intermission, the couple came backstage to take photos with the cast. Sohlberg said that’s when the former president grabbed Jordana Grolnick, another actress in the cast.