After Rivera sent out a series of ill-advised tweets on Wednesday defending former "Today" anchor Matt Lauer, who was sacked over a sexual harassment complaint, video of Midler's interview with Barbara Walters - wherein she accuses Rivera of groping her - started making the rounds.
Fox News Channel reporter Rivera in a Friday tweet cites his "tawdry" book and what he calls "consensual events" it describes.
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.
"I did not offer myself up on the altar of Geraldo Rivera", she said in the video.
She also tweeted "Me too", in support of sexual harassment victims around the world, and started gaining traction after ex-Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein was revealed to be exerting inappropriate behaviour on women who wanted to appear in his films. Midler herself then tweeted the video of the interview on Thursday, saying Rivera had never apologized to her.
NEW YORK | Geraldo Rivera is apologizing for a memoir published a quarter-century ago that recounts sexual experiences he says he's now "embarrassed" about.
Bette Midler: Geraldo Rivera 'has yet to apologize' to me
"This was when [Rivera] was very, sort of, hot", she explained.
"I went to bed with a lot of people in my life", he told The Washington Post's Lloyd Grove in a 1991 interview about his tell-all book. "And he and his producer left the crew in the other room, they pushed me into my bathroom, they broke two poppers (drugs) and pushed them under my nose and proceeded to grope me".
Sad about @MLauer great guy, highly skilled & empathetic w guests & a real gentleman to my family & me.
Yesterday, Rivera drew outrage when he tweeted about Lauer, "News is a flirty business & it seems like [the] current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it [with] predation".
He said sexual harassment should be limited to situations where a supervisor imposes him or herself on a subordinate who feels unable to make a complaint. "Shouldn't be used to get even w bad bosses or hated ex's". Rivera is a "roaming correspondent-at-large for Fox News" and has worked for the network since 2001.More news: Apple, Stanford Medicine team up to research heart rhythm via Apple Watch