Geraldo Rivera has taken to Twitter to defend Matt Lauer, People reports.
Lauer was fired earlier today by NBC after a sexual harassment allegation was brought against him.
Here’s what Rivera tweeted:
“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?”
Then Geraldo tweeted, “A jerk’s a jerk in dating. #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. Shouldn’t be used to get even w bad bosses or hated ex’s”
Another of Gerarldo’s tweets read, “#SexHarassment allegations should require: 1-made in a timely fashion-say w/n 5 yrs. 2-some contemporaneous corroboration, like witnesses, electronic or written communications. W $ settlements in multi-millions slight chance exists some victims are motivated by more than justice”
In response, People writes, Fox News, Rivera’s employer, released this statement: “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.”
Then, six hours after his initial Twitter barrage, Geraldo sent this tweet:
“Reaction to my tweets today on #sexharassment makes clear I didn’t sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem long hidden-Harassers are deviants who deserve what is coming to them-Often victims are too frightened to come forward in a timely fashion-I humbly apologize”
Geraldo Rivera on Fox News last month (courtesy YouTube)