Geraldo Rivera’s week just got worse. He’s already received internet backlash after he tweeted to support Matt Lauer, who was fired from NBC for sexual harassment. Now, Bette Midler is saying Rivera assaulted her in the 70s.
In a series of tweets on Wednesday, Rivera said the stream of sexual harassment allegations is “criminalizing courtship.”
Later, Rivera issued an apology. However, as Midler pointed out, he didn’t apologize to her.
Midler tweeted, “Tomorrow is my birthday. I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me. Geraldo may have apologized for his tweets supporting Matt Lauer, but he has yet to apologize for this. #MeToo.”
In the video, which shows a 26-year-old interview, Midler told Barbara Walters “I did not offer myself upon the altar of Geraldo Rivera.”
“He was unseemly,” she said in the 26-year-old interview. “His behavior was unseemly.”
Midler described how Rivera and his producer, who were in her hotel room to film an interview, drugged and groped her.
At the time, Midler, 72, was being questioned about the alleged encounter because Rivera boasted about sleeping with Midler in the 1970s in his autobiography.
“I’ll tell you the truth, if I had known 20 years later he was going to end up a slimy talk show host I never would have even let him in the room,” she told Walters. “I mean you have no way of knowing that these things are going to come back to haunt you.”
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