Geraldo Rivera apologizes to Bette Midler for alleged groping incident

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Geraldo Rivera apologizes to Bette Midler for alleged groping incident

Geraldo Rivera has apologized to Bette Midler for an incident in the '70s during which Midler claims the Fox News regular and his producer groped her.

"Geraldo may have apologized for his tweets supporting Matt Lauer, but he has yet to apologize for this", she said, linking to a video interview.

Usually an apology doesn't begin with a preamble about how you didn't actually do anything.

Earlier in the day, Rivera, a Fox News contributor and former talk-show host, apologized for several tweets he wrote on Wednesday that defended Matt Lauer after the NBC News host was sacked over sexual harassment allegations. On Thursday, Midler tweeted that all these years later, Rivera still hasn't apologized for what he did to her.

Rivera has not yet commented on the video but did address the encounter in his 1991 memoir, Exposing Myself. "I did not offer myself up on the altar of Geraldo Rivera".

This man is bad at apologies.

The controversy led to the viral resurfacing of the Walters-Midler clip, in which Midler calls Rivera a "slimy talk show host" and recounts being interviewed - and groped - by Rivera in the 1970s.

"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", he wrote. When Walters asked her to clarify, Midler elaborated - "Groped me". "Get in a little trouble", Walters encourages her. "He was ... he was unseemly".

Before his tweet, Rivera's representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.

In a few of Rivera's controversial tweets, the media personality suggested that the accusers were merely disgruntled exes and sought to put forth his own definition of sexual harassment.

"Sad about @MLauer great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me", he tweeted Wednesday.

"He added: "#SexHarassment should be confined to situations where superior imposes himself on subordinate who feels unable to complain because of power of perp or feared consequences to victim's employment.

Fox News tweeted that Rivera's tweets did not reflect the views of the network or its management.

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