Geraldo Rivera apologizes after tweeting defense of Matt Lauer

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After Rivera controversially defended Today Show host Matt Lauer after Lauer was sacked for sexual harassment, a portion of a 1991 Midler interview went viral.

In the clip, she describes the alleged incident with Rivera, which she claims happened in the early 1970s.

Following those tweets, reporter Yashar Ali resurfaced a clip of Midler speaking with Barbara Walters from decades ago. "I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me", she wrote.

Geraldo Rivera has defended Matt Lauer.

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"Tomorrow is my birthday". He then sought to make amends for his comments by making a series of tweets about sexual harassment in the workplace, which included creating his own guidelines for when allegations of sexual misconduct should be taken seriously. She was hesitant at first to tell the story, for fear she'd "get in trouble", and after she was finished, Walters didn't follow up, rather saying, "Let's go onto other things". "And he and his producer left the crew in the other room, they pushed me into my bathroom, they broke two poppers (the recreational drug) and pushed them under my nose and proceeded to grope me". 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.

"The truth about it is I didn't remember" such an affair, Midler said.

It turns out the Internet found more unseemly secrets in Geraldo Rivera's past than he ever found in Al Capone's vault, and now Bette Midler wants an apology.

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"News is a flirty business", Rivera tweeted.

Rivera on Wednesday tweeted messages that seemed to support Matt Lauer, who was sacked from NBC after being accused of inappropriate sexual behavior.

He then appeared to dig himself even deeper with a second tweet that posed the question: "If News wasn't (formerly) a flirty biz then how do we explain so many newsroom courtships that have led to happy marriages?" "We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him", the network said in a statement.

Rivera apologized hours later, saying he "didn't sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem long hidden" and "harassers are deviants who deserve what is coming to them".

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