Midler took to Twitter on Thursday to request an apology from Rivera after a video was brought to light of Midler telling Barbara Walters in 1991 that Rivera and his producer groped and drugged her in a bathroom in the early 1970s.
“Although I recall the time Bette Midler 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, publicly embarrassing her all those years ago,” Rivera wrote on Twitter. “Bette, I apologize.”
Rivera also apologized for his 1991 “tawdry” autobiography’s, “Exposing Myself,” depiction of “consensual events in 1973.”
“I’ve deeply regretted its distasteful & disrespectful tone & have refrained from speaking about it — I’m embarrassed & profoundly sorry to those mentioned — I have & again apologize to anyone offended,” he said.
In the 26-year-old interview, Midler told Walters, “I did not offer myself up on the altar of Geraldo Rivera. He was unseemly. His behavior was unseemly.”
Midler added of the incident, “If I had known 20 years later he was going to end up a slimy talk show host, I never would have even let him in the room. I mean, you have no way of knowing that these things are going to come back to haunt you.”