“Tomorrow is my birthday,” Midler wrote on Twitter. “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.”
Midler concluded the tweet with a #MeToo hashtag, which has become synonymous with speaking out against sexual harassment and abuse.
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. #MeToo pic.twitter.com/TkcolFWfA2
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 30, 2017
In the interview, Midler tells Walters, “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.”
“Poppers” is slang for the recreational drug alkyl nitrite.
“Grope?” Walters asks, looking surprised.
Midler responds, “Groped me. I did not offer myself up on the altar of Geraldo Rivera. He was … he was unseemly.”
A representative for Midler told ABC News that she had no further comment beyond her tweet.
Rivera’s representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.
In a review of his 1991 memoir, “Exposing Myself,” The Washington Post quoted a line from the book, in which he said, “We were in the bathroom, preparing for the interview, and at some point I put my hands on her breasts.”
Recently, Rivera came under fire after he called the news business “flirty” in the wake of Lauer’s ouster over sexual misconduct allegations. “If News wasn’t (formerly) a flirty biz then how do we explain so many newsroom courtships that have led to happy marriages?” he tweeted.