Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Bette Midler Wants an Apology from Geraldo Rivera

Bette Midler Wants an Apology from Geraldo Rivera

Walters opened up the topic by asking Midler's reaction to Rivera's 1991 autobiography "Exposing Myself", including what Walters called his account of a "torrid sexual affair" with Midler, whom he labeled "insatiable".

When TV personality Geraldo Rivera made a decision to weigh in Thursday on the firing of former NBC anchor Matt Lauer, the latest in a string of high-profile media men to get hit with allegations of sexual assault, he opened himself up to criticism and to old allegations that he had drugged and groped actress and singer Bette Midler.

On Thursday, Midler officially commented on her old comments, in light of the clip going viral online. At first Midler laughs off the book's claim, then gets serious, saying she would probably get in trouble if she divulged the circumstances of their first encounter.

Rivera, a former TV host and Fox News correspondent, was defending Lauer, who was sacked from NBC after the reports of inappropriate behaviour became public. Rivera defended Lauer as a "great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me".

In the clip, Midler says Rivera and his producer came to interview her in the 1970s, and then drugged and groped her.

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In Midler's words, Rivera and his producer pushed her into a bathroom, broke two "poppers" (inhalant alkyl nitrate drugs), pushed them under her nose and proceeded to grope her. Mind you, at the time, Rivera was a correspondent for the Walters-hosted 20/20, so it seems Walters wasn't in the business in shielding the wrongdoings of her male co-workers necessarily. Big-bucks settlements mean some people might be motivated by "more than justice", he said. "We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him". "Geraldo may have apologized for his tweets supporting Matt Lauer, but he has yet to apologize for this".

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

Midler added the "Me Too" hashtag to her tweet.

Fox has dismissed two high-profile men over sexual misconduct allegations involving their behaviour while at the news channel, host Bill O'Reilly in April and CEO Roger Ailes, who was sacked in 2016 and died earlier this year.

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