Geraldo Rivera Says Women ‘May Be Criminalizing Courtship’ After Lauer Reports

After longtime “Today” show host Matt Lauerwas fired over allegations of sexual misconduct, Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera defended him, claiming that women who come forward with their sexual harassment experiences “may be criminalizing courtship.”

Writing over Twitter on Wednesday that he feels “sad” about Lauer’s termination, Rivera called the host a “great guy” who was “empathetic [with] guests” and “a real gentleman.”

“News is a flirty business,” he continued, later adding: “How do we explain so many newsroom courtships that have led to happy marriages?”

“It seems like [the] current epidemic of #SexualHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship [and] conflating it [with] predation,” he wrote.

Rivera also pitched a very limited definition of sexual harassment and suggested some people’s complaints may be simple attempts to “get even” with “bad bosses or hated ex[es],” perpetuating rhetoric that questions victim credibility.

A Fox News representative reached out to HuffPost on Wednesday night to share the following statement: “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 apologized and walked back his remarks late Wednesday night.

“I didn’t sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem long hidden,” he said over Twitter. “Harassers are deviants who deserve what is coming to them ― Often victims are too frightened to come forward in a timely fashion ― I humbly apologize.”

Lauer was terminated from NBC News on Wednesday after two decades on the “Today” show following a complaint from an unnamed female colleague. The woman’s lawyer said in a statement that she was not ready to reveal her identity.

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