Geraldo Rivera Apologizes to Bette Midler, Says He Remembers Things Differently

Geraldo defends Matt Lauer 'News is a flirty business'

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Geraldo Rivera attempted to apologize to Bette Midler on Twitter Friday after her decades-old groping allegation against the Fox News correspondent resurfaced this week.

Lauer was sacked on Wednesday after being accused of "inappropriate sexual behavior in the workplace", NBC News Chairman Andy Lack said.

On Wednesday Rivera wrote, that he was "sad" about the news and called Lauer a "great guy, highly skilled and empathetic with guests, and a real gentleman to my family and me".

Rivera, a former CNBC host, suggested that sexual harassment allegations should be brought forward in a "timely manner" to eliminate the chance that victims are "motivated by more than justice" in seeking settlements.

After receiving backlash for defending Lauer, Rivera later apologized. "Geraldo's tweets do not reflect the views of Fox News or its management", the spokesperson for the network said in a statement.

But that's not enough for Bette Midler.

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. Midler told Barbara Walters that she didn't remember any such affair, and the only memory she had was of their first encounter in the early 1970s, which she describes as "very unpleasant".

Midler offered a different account to Walters, emphasizing that the encounter was not consensual. The newspaper published this excerpt from the book: "We were in the bathroom, preparing for the interview, and at some point I put my hands on her breasts". This is when he was very sort of hot.

"He and his producer left his crew in the other room, they pushed me into my bathroom".

"Poppers" is slang for the alkyl nitrites class of drugs which cause a head rush and brief feeling of euphoria.

"Grope?" Walters asks, looking surprised.

"Groped me", Midler replied.

"Reaction to my tweets today on #sexharassment makes clear I didn't sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem", Geraldo Rivera tweeted out during the night of Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017. "He was... he was unseemly".

Those were different times, but now, in this moment of cultural reckoning, Midler's assertion that sexual assault is "not funny" is finally being heard. The Daily Beast summarizes the critical consensus of his 1991 memoir titled, naturally, Exposing Myself, as "the definitive work on how men behave inappropriately in the workplace under the guise of courtship". With the public people, like Bette Midler and Margaret Trudeau and Marian Javits, they live their lives on the public stage, and much worse things have been written about them.

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