After Fox News contributor Rivera posted an apology for a series of tweets apologizing for seemingly supporting Matt Lauer, Midler took to Twitter on Thursday, writing , “Tomorrow is my birthday. I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me. Geraldo may have apologized for his tweets supporting Matt Lauer, but he has yet to apologize for this.”
Lauer was fired Wednesday from his anchor spot on “Today” over allegations of sexual harassment.
Midler’s post includes video footage of an interview with Barbara Walters from 1991 where the actress tells the story of Rivera and an unnamed producer drugging her and groping her in a bathroom in the 1970s.
“This was when [Rivera] was very, sort of, hot,” Midler said. “And 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.” Poppers are type of inhaled drug containing amyl nitrites that cause a head rush from increased blood flow and are often sold in sex shops. Midler emphasized that the encounter was unwelcome, saying, “I did not offer myself up on the altar of Geraldo Rivera. He was… he was unseemly.”
Rivera has not yet commented about Midler’s tweet, but in his 1991 autobiography “Exposing Myself,” in which Rivera details many of his sexual encounters, he admitted that “We were in the bathroom, preparing for the interview, and at some point I put my hands on her breasts,” in reference to the incident.