BBC:-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.
A spokesman for Mr Bush said the incident was an attempt at humour.
“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.
Both websites preserved the contents of Ms Lind’s post before it was deleted.
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.
He suffers from a form of Parkinson’s disease.