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Geraldo Rivera issues half-hearted apology to Bette Midler

Geraldo Rivera has apologized for Bette Midler after an interview in which the iconic actress told Barbara Walters she had been sexually assaulted by the Fox News employee reemerged earlier this week.

'Although I recall the time @BetteMidler 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, publically embarrassing her all those years ago,' wrote Rivera. 

'Bette, I apologize.'

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 Hand  on: Geraldo Rivera apologized to Bette Midler after a 1991 interview in which she accused the Fox News employee of groping her reemerged

 Hand  on: Geraldo Rivera apologized to Bette Midler after a 1991 interview in which she accused the Fox News employee of groping her reemerged

His posts came in the wake of a tweet on Thursday by Bette Midler renewing an allegation of being drugged and groped by Rivera and his producer colleague in the 1970s

His posts came in the wake of a tweet on Thursday by Bette Midler renewing an allegation of being drugged and groped by Rivera and his producer colleague in the 1970s

Rivera also tweeted out an apology for the stories shared in his 1991 autobiography 'Exposing Myself' on Friday. 

'27 years ago I wrote a tawdry book depicting consensual events in 1973-45 years ago-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,' wrote Rivera. 

His posts came in the wake of a tweet on Thursday by Bette Midler renewing an allegation of being drugged and groped by Rivera and his producer colleague in the 1970s.

In the tweet posted by the actress-singer, she included a video from a 1991 interview with Barbara Walters in which she first made her allegation against Rivera.

In that clip, Midler hesitates in recounting what she alleges happened with Rivera during his visit to interview her in the early 1970s, saying it will get her in trouble. 

'Get in a little trouble,' Walters encourages her.

Midler then goes on to state that after Rivera

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