Geraldo Rivera responds to the Bette Midler groping accusation video that resurfaced

Sunday, 03 December 2017, 11:23:53 AM. The Fox News contributor apologized to Midler but also said he remembered things differently

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Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera kind of, sort of apologized after a video resurfaced in which actress Bette Midler accused him of groping her. Rivera addressed the video in a tweet Friday, but also stated his version of events differed from the actresses's recollection.

"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. Bette, I apologize," Rivera tweeted. 

Earlier this week, Midler posted a clip from a 1991 interview with Barbara Waltes that featured the actress accusing Rivera of groping her. In her tweet, Midler pointed out that while Rivera had apologized for defending former Today Show host Matt Lauer—who was fired by NBC this week for alleged sexual misconduct—he had yet to apologize for the actions she described to Walters.

"Geraldo and his producer came to do an interview with me, in the early ’70s,” Midler said in the interview. "He and his producer left the crew in the other room. They pushed me into my bathroom, they broke two poppers and pushed them under my nose and proceeded to grope me."

The video wasn't the only thing Rivera found himself apologizing for on Friday. He also said he regretted the "disrespectful tone" of his "tawdry" 1991 memoir, Exposing Myself, which was full of crude descriptions of sex and lines like "a stiff d--k has no conscience." According to the Daily Beast, Rivera even describes the Midler incident in the book, writing that he grabbed her breasts in a bathroom but that the two then had sex. 

In his apology tweet about the book, Rivera made sure to mention all the actions were consenual. "27 years ago I wrote a tawdry book depicting consensual events in 1973-45 years ago," he tweeted. "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."

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