Differing versions of an encounter involving Geraldo Rivera and Bette Midler have been circulating for years, including a version in his 1991 memoir “Exposing Myself,” and the Los Angeles Times reports that Rivera has finally apologized to Midler over the incident.
The paper also notes that Rivera “still doesn’t 100% agree with her version of what happened.”
Midler has described an incident in the 1970s in which she says Rivera and his producer “pushed me into my bathroom, they broke two poppers and put them under my nose, and proceeded to grope me. … I did not offer myself up on the altar of Geraldo Rivera. He was unseemly. His behavior was unseemly.”
Midler commented this week that Rivera has never apologized for the incident, and today Rivera addressed the situation.
Rivera posted a tweet saying: “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.”
Here’s his earlier tweet …