What groping claims? Geraldo Rivera is all smiles as he steps out with his family after issuing half-hearted apology to Bette Midler over allegation he 'drugged and assaulted' her in the 1970s
- Geraldo Rivera apologized to Bette Midler after a 1991 interview in which she accused the Fox News employee of groping her reemerged?
- 'Although I recall the time @BetteMidler has alluded to much differently than she, that does not change the fact that she has a right to speak out,' he wrote
- Earlier in the day he also apologized for stories he shared in his 1991 autobiography 'Exposing Myself'?
- ?Rivera's post follows a tweet on Thursday by Bette Midler renewing an allegation of being drugged and groped
Geraldo Rivera has issued a half-hearted apology to Bette Midler after video of an interview with Barbara Walters surfaced earlier this week, where she accused the Fox News journalist of drugging and groping her.
'Although I recall the time @BetteMidler has alluded to much differently than she, that does not change the fact that she has a right to speak out & demand an apology from me, for in the very least, publically embarrassing her all those years ago,' wrote Rivera.?
'Bette, I apologize.'
A few hours after addressing the rumors, he stepped out with his family in Washington, DC with a smile on his face.
He was spotted with wife Erica Levy and daughter Solita strolling in the sun before grabbing coffee.
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Gerlado Rivera steps out with his family in Washington, DC today for the first time since the Bette Midler allegations
Rivera grabs coffee with his family in Washington, DC amid the anger the Bette Midler allegations have caused
?Fox News' Rivera apologized to Bette Midler after a 1991 interview in which she accused the Fox News employee of groping her reemerged
His posts came in the wake of a tweet on Thursday by Bette Midler renewing an allegation of being drugged and groped by Rivera and his producer colleague in the 1970s
Rivera also tweeted out an apology for the stories shared in his 1991 autobiography 'Exposing Myself' on Friday.?
'27 years ago I wrote a tawdry book depicting consensual events in 1973-45 years ago-I’ve deeply regretted its distasteful & disrespectful tone & have refrained from speaking about it-I’m embarrassed & profoundly sorry to those mentioned-I have & again apologize to anyone offended,' wrote Rivera.?
His posts came in the wake of a tweet on Thursday by Bette Midler renewing an allegation of being drugged and groped by Rivera and his producer colleague in the 1970s.
In the tweet posted by the actress-singer, she included a video from a 1991 interview with Barbara Walters in which she first made her allegation against Rivera.
In that clip, Midler hesitates in recounting what she alleges happened with Rivera during his visit to interview her in the early 1970s, saying it will get her in trouble.?
'Get in a little trouble,' Walters encourages her.
Midler then goes on to state that after Rivera and the producer left their TV crew in another room, they 'pushed me into my bathroom. They broke two poppers and pushed them under my nose and proceeded to grope me.'?
'Poppers' is slang for the alkyl nitrites class of drugs which cause a head rush and brief feeling of euphoria.
'I did not offer myself up on the altar of Geraldo Rivera,' said Midler, calling his behavior 'unseemly.'
In her tweet on Thursday, Midler called for an apology from Rivera, and added the harassment-solidarity hashtag '#MeToo.'
Rivera is pictured on the left in 1974 and Midler is pictured on the right in 1977
Rivera said he was 'sad' to hear about Lauer's firing for sexual harassment, saying he was a 'great guy' and a 'real gentleman'?
In the series of tweets he 'mansplained' about how allegations should be made and called alleged victims who received settlements could be 'motivated by more than justice'
Fox News had responded with a stern statement earlier in the week after comments Rivera made on Twitter seemed to defend Matt Lauer.
After the Today show host was sacked on Wednesday for sexual harassment, Rivera came to Lauer's defense on Twitter, calling him a 'great guy' and 'a real gentleman'.
'News is a flirty business & it seems like current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation,' Rivera said.
He went on to say that he thinks sexual harassment allegations should be made in a 'timely fashion' and include evidence like written communications or witnesses in order for them to be taken seriously.
'With [cash] settlements in the multi-millions slight chance exists some victims are motivated by more than justice,' he said.
Rivera's company, Fox News, which has had its own sexual harassment scandals with former CEO Roger Ailes and anchor Bill O'Reilly, issued a stern response to Rivera's comments.
'Geraldo's tweets do not reflect the views of FOX News or its management. We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him,' the company said.?
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