Bette Midler Calls Out Alleged Groper Geraldo Rivera For Not Apologizing

Bette Midler Calls Out Alleged Groper Geraldo Rivera For Not Apologizing

Bette Midler Calls Out Alleged Groper Geraldo Rivera For Not Apologizing

"Geraldo's tweets do not reflect the views of FOX News or its management", the statement said.

After Rivera sent out a series of ill-advised tweets on Wednesday defending former "Today" anchor Matt Lauer, who was sacked over a sexual harassment complaint, video of Midler's interview with Barbara Walters - wherein she accuses Rivera of groping her - started making the rounds.

In her tweet on Thursday, Midler called for an apology from Rivera, and added the harassment-solidarity hashtag '#MeToo'. "I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me", the 71-year-old actress wrote.

Geraldo Rivera is apologizing for tweets posted yesterday in support of Matt Lauer.

However, Twitter users believe Rivera's apology to Midler was not honest.

Midler's recount of the incident to Walters was in response to Rivera's 1991 memoir, Exposing Himself, in which he claimed he and Midler had a consensual sexual affair, and that Midler was "insatiable".

Rivera called Lauer a "gentleman" and expressed concern that the "epidemic" of sexual harassment allegations against powerful men in media and entertainment is "criminalizing courtship and conflating it (with) predation".

"Geraldo and his producer came to do an interview with me, in the '70s, the early '70s", she said. His apology was so humble, in fact, that he forgot to also apologize to Midler for the "flirty business" of allegedly drugging and assaulting her before an interview.

A representative for Rivera didn't immediately respond to a request for comment. "We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him", the cable news network said in a statement Wednesday.

At that time, he was four years into the 11-year run of daytime talk show "Geraldo" (and three years off the cover of Playgirl), and Barbara Walters was sitting down with Bette Midler for an interview.

"I humbly apologize", he said.

"He and his producer left his crew in the other room, they pushed me into my bathroom". I did not offer myself up on the altar of Geraldo Rivera. Ending the second tweet with "Bette, I apologize", Rivera doesn't make it quite clear what he's sorry for aside from the "distasteful" tone of the book that might have embarrassed Midler.

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