Bette Midler: Geraldo Rivera Has Not Apologized For 1991 Groping

Dec 01, 2017, 01:43
Bette Midler: Geraldo Rivera Has Not Apologized For 1991 Groping

"Me, Too", then shared the video of the Barbara Walters interview in which she accuses Rivera. "Geraldo may have apologized for his tweets supporting Matt Lauer, but he has yet to apologize for this". "Poppers" is slang for the alkyl nitrites class of drugs.

"Grope?" Walters asks, looking surprised.

Responding to his statements, Fox News Channel issued a statement saying, "Geraldo's tweets do not reflect the views of Fox News or its management".

Just as Rivera tweeted his thoughts, however, a video featuring footage from a 1991 Bette Midler interview began buzzing around the internet. Rivera defended Lauer as a "great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me".

After Midler tells Walters that she had no way of knowing "these things are going to come back to haunt you", Walters suggests they discuss other subjects.

But in a review of Rivera's 1991 memoir, "Exposing Myself", The Washington Post quoted a line from the book, in which he said, "We were in the bathroom, preparing for the interview, and at some point I put my hands on her breasts".

In an interview with the Post for the review, Rivera said, "I went to bed with a lot of people in my life". He claimed that news used to be a "flirty biz", and then outlined his own personal list of criteria about whether or not someone's allegation of sexual harassment or misconduct should be taken seriously or not.

Matt Lauer says he is "truly sorry" to anyone he is hurt by his words and actions in his first public comments since being fired by NBC amid sexual misconduct allegations. That moment, in and of itself, is a chilling reminder that even women as notoriously strong willed as Midler fear they might be the ones to get in trouble for speaking out about the wrong doings of powerful men.

Yesterday, Rivera drew outrage when he tweeted about Lauer, "News is a flirty business & it seems like [the] current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it [with] predation".

Lauer was sacked Wednesday from his anchor spot on "Today" over allegations of sexual harassment.

"Some of what is being said about me is untrue or mischaracterized, but there is enough truth in these stories to make me feel embarrassed and ashamed".