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- Bette Midler took to Twitter to share a video of a 1991 interview, in which she alleges that Geraldo Rivera drugged and “groped” her in the 1970s.
- In her tweet, Midler asked Rivera to apologize for the alleged incident.
- Rivera drew controversy for defending Matt Lauer’s alleged sexual misconduct on Twitter, which Rivera has since apologized for.
On Thursday, Bette Midler shared a video of a 1991 interview she did with Barbara Walters, in which Midler alleges that Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera and a producer drugged and “groped” her in a bathroom in the 1970s.
“Tomorrow is my birthday. I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me,” Midler tweeted. “Geraldo may have apologized for his tweets supporting Matt Lauer, but he has yet to apologize for this. #MeToo”
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 pic.twitter.com/TkcolFWfA2
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 30, 2017
“He and his producer left the crew in the other room, they pushed me into my bathroom, they broke two poppers [the drug amyl nitrite] and pushed them under my nose and proceeded to grope me,” Midler told Walters in the interview.
Rivera’s representatives did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment.
This week, after reports of Matt Lauer’s alleged sexual misconduct broke, Rivera took to Twitter to defend Lauer and the “flirty business” of news.
Sad about @MLauer great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me. News is a flirty business & it seems like current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation. What about #GarrisonKeillor?
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 29, 2017
Five hours later, after the tweet drew controversy and led Fox News to issue a statement distancing itself from Rivera’s comments, Rivera apologized for the tweet and called sexual harassment “a horrendous problem long hidden.”