Geraldo Rivera Apologizes to Bette Midler for Alleged Groping Incident - NBC 6 South Florida

Geraldo Rivera Apologizes to Bette Midler for Alleged Groping Incident

Rivera responded Friday, saying he recalled the incident differently but nonetheless apologized

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    Geraldo Rivera Apologizes to Bette Midler for Alleged Groping Incident
    Geraldo Rivera is apologizing to Bette Midler for an alleged groping in the 1970s.

    Geraldo Rivera is apologizing to Bette Midler after the film and Broadway star accused him of a groping incident in the 1970s.

    In the tweet posted by the actress-singer and confirmed by her publicist, she included a video from the 1991 interview with Barbara Walters in which Midler made the allegation against Rivera.

    "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," Midler posted, adding the harassment-solidarity hashtag "#MeToo."

    In the 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.

    After Rivera and a 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," she said. "Poppers" is slang for the alkyl nitrites class of drugs.

    "I did not offer myself up on the altar of Geraldo Rivera," said Midler, calling his behavior "unseemly."

    Rivera responded Friday, saying he recalled the incident differently but nonetheless apologized.