After Geraldo Defends Matt Lauer, His Own Skeletons Come Out of the Closet

Geraldo Rivera raised some eyebrows and caught a lot of flack when he came to the defense of Matt Lauer, but it’s not turning out so well for Rivera now.

Rivera put a series of tweets in which he said that ‘News is a flirty business.’

That got him a lot of attacks on Twitter.

And it prompted people to raise issues about him.

Some posted this picture he had posted some years ago.

Other raised the issue of what may he may have done years ago to Bette Midler. They unearthed the video of an interview from 1991 with Barbara Walters where Walters asks her about Rivera’s claims in his autobiography that they had a sexual relationship.

From Biz Pac Review:

Midler first laughed off the claim, saying Rivera’s “penis went to his head,” before going on to say “One thing I did remember is how I met Geraldo and that was not funny.”

She hesitated going on with her story until being pressed by Walters. Midler then continued:

“Geraldo and his producer came to do an interview with me in the ’70s, the early ’70s. And this was when he was very sort of hot.

“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. …

“I did not offer myself up on the altar of Geraldo Rivera. He was unseemly. His behavior was unseemly.”

Walters tried to steer the conversation away to other topics, but Midler concluded the thought.

“I’ll tell you the truth, if I had known 20 years later he was gonna wind up as a slimy talk show host I never would have even let him in the room, you know?”

As with the interview with Corey Feldman about pedophilia, Walters tried to move the subject away from the ‘unseemly’ action once it came out.

Geraldo describes the event in his book this way.

From EW:

Rivera has not yet commented on the video but did address the encounter in his 1991 memoir, Exposing Myself. “We were in the bathroom, preparing for the interview, and at some point I put my hands on her breasts,” he wrote, according to a 1991 review published by the Washington Post

But Bette Midler has just come out with a brand new comment on the event saying that Geraldo has ever apologized to her and using the sexual assault hashtag #MeToo.

Fox released a statement about Rivera’s tweets. “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.”

Rivera has since backed off the original tweets and given an apology, saying he didn’t ‘sufficiently explain’ everything he wanted to about the issue of sexual harassment in the tweet.

[Note: This post was written by Nick Arama]