We are constantly being barraged lately with massive amounts of sexual deviant accusations from news anchors to politicians on all sides, and a new one has recently come out that isn’t as shocking as it probably should be. When an entertainment industry Icon blasts a #metoo Tweet containing accusations against one of Fox News’ anchors who is most well-known for hurling his opinions against sexual predators, it sets us back slightly and opens our eyes to a very scary reality.
There seems to be absolutely no platform that is safe from sexual deviance and that in and of itself should be addressed as a serious issue in our country. On the flip side is that these women, whether telling the truth or not, should have come out YEARS ago and maybe it would have saved others from the same attack.
Bette Midler has recently accused Geraldo Rivera and his producer of sexual assault during an interview that she did in the early 90s with legendary journalist Barbara Walters which she posted for the first time today.
“Tomorrow is my birthday. I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me,” Midler tweeted, “Geraldo may have apologized for his tweets supporting Matt Lauer, but he has yet to apologize for this.” This is what she told ABC’s Walters:
“Geraldo and his producer came to do an interview with me in the 70s, the early 70s, and – this is 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 and 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.”
“I’ll tell you the truth. If I had known he was going to be so, 20 years later he was going to wind up a slimy talk show host, I would’ve never let him in the room. You never know at the time if these things are gonna come back to haunt you.”
“Poppers” are a 70s club drug, which when inhaled produce a short-term euphoria and muscle relaxation, and Geraldo Rivera is accused of using them to stun and fondle the recording artist under the pretense of getting an interview.
Sadly, in that bygone era, ABC’s Barbara Walters’ only reaction to Rivera drugging and assaulting the world-famous actress was to say “let’s move on.”
Geraldo Rivera made headlines yesterday when he tweeted a hideous defense of fired NBC anchor Matt Lauer.
After Fox’s very public reprimand, Rivera then tweeted that “long-hidden harassers are sexual deviants and deserve what is coming to them.” Truer words have rarely been spoken by a Fox News reporter, and his own self-reflection is evident.
One of the five-times-married Rivera’s lesser publicized tweets in defense of Lauer seems far more self-serving in light of Midler’s revelatory video.
#SexHarassment allegations should require: 1-made in a timely fashion-say w/n 5 yrs. 2-some contemporaneous corroboration, like witnesses, electronic or written communications. W $ settlements in multi-millions slight chance exists some victims are motivated by more than justice
— Geraldo Rivera (@GeraldoRivera) November 29, 2017
Bette Midler has been a national entertainer for over 47-years and clearly isn’t in need of any money from Rivera, so her accusations can be taken more serious than some that are hurling accusations right now.
Midler went public with her claim 25 years ago, only to have it ignored by the very same mainstream media company where Rivera’s star was born, which is very telling in and of itself. It is a shame that her accusations all those years ago were ignored and considered something to “move on” from.
Today’s news that Geraldo Rivera not only sexually assaulted a superstar entertainer but used drugs to do it and did so with his own news producer with others in a nearby room, makes today the ideal day to give the “sexual deviant” Fox News reporter “what is coming” to him.
A pink slip.
Here is the video
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
H/T [ Verified Politics ]