Published: Fri, December 01, 2017
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Bette Midler: Geraldo Rivera 'has yet to apologize' to me

Bette Midler: Geraldo Rivera 'has yet to apologize' to me

Bette Midler has tweeted out a video of an interview she did with Barbara Walters in 1991 in which she said journalist Geraldo Rivera groped her in the 1970s. Rivera defended Lauer as a "great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me".

Today happens to be Midler's birthdays, and, as it turns out, she's glad the video has resurfaced.

Midler added the "Me Too" hashtag to her tweet. "I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me", Midler wrote on Twitter.

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A representative for Rivera has been contacted for comment. Fox News Channel, which now employs Rivera but didn't in the '70s, didn't immediately comment on Midler's post.

Rivera has not yet commented about Midler's tweet, but in his 1991 autobiography "Exposing Myself", in which Rivera details many of his sexual encounters, he admitted that "We were in the bathroom, preparing for the interview, and at some point I put my hands on her breasts", in reference to the incident.

Of course, it's curious that Rivera didn't face repercussions at the time of Midler's allegations considering they were made to one of his colleagues and aired on the network that employed him at the time.

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He also tweeted about his thoughts on what he thinks sexual harassment allegations should require (including a five-year time limit for reporting and evidence) and that he thinks victims are motivated by money.

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

Rivera's employer, Fox News, said it was "troubled" by his comments, and Rivera later apologized in a string of tweets, saying, among other things, that he "didn't sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem long hidden".

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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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