Former US President George Bush Senior has apologised for any distress caused after an actress accused him of sexual assault.

Heather Lind said the 93-year-old former president had “Touched me from behind from his wheelchair” and told a “Dirty joke” while posing for a photo.

Ms Lind made the allegation on social network Instagram, in a post which has since been deleted.

“President Bush would never – under any circumstance – intentionally cause anyone distress, and he most sincerely apologises if his attempt at humour offended Ms Lind,” a statement supplied to outlets including the Daily Mail and People magazine said.

Mr Bush served one term as US president from 1989 to 1993, and is the father of George W Bush, who served two terms in the office between 2001 and 2009.

In her Instagram post, Ms Lind said she was spurred to make the claim after seeing a photo of Barack Obama shaking Mr Bush Senior’s hand at a recent fundraiser for hurricane victims, which she said had “Disturbed” her.

Ms Lind finished her post with the hashtag #metoo, which has seen widespread use by victims of sexual assault to share their experiences in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein Hollywood scandal.

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