Bette Midler Suggests Geraldo Rivera Should Apologize for Alleged Sexual Assault

Photo: AP
Photo: AP

Hey, since Geraldo Rivera is already hard at work apologizing for shit, maybe Bette Midler can get in on that? It’s her birthday tomorrow after all, and Geraldo Rivera’s public contrition, and maybe some bonus shame, would make a halfway decent gift.


Yesterday, video resurfaced of Midler recounting to Barbara Walters in 1991 how in the ’70s Rivera and an unnamed producer allegedly drugged and groped her:

“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.”

Rivera had a slightly different take on the incident in his 1991 memoir (which has the worst title of any memoir, practically a joke title: Exposing Myself), in which he describes placing his bands on Midler’s breasts. Going by the Washington Post’s review of that book, Rivera leaves the question of consent open—or implied, or not thought about, it’s not at all clear.


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Or maybe Geraldo should be fucking fired like the rest of the pervert squad.