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'Embarrassed' Geraldo Rivera apologizes for 'tawdry' memoir

'Embarrassed' Geraldo Rivera apologizes for 'tawdry' memoir

The network has dismissed two high-profile men over sexual misconduct allegations involving their behavior while at the news channel, host Bill O'Reilly in April and CEO Roger Ailes, who was sacked in 2016 and died earlier this year.

Before his tweet, Rivera's representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment from ABC News.

She brought it up after all these years after a video resurfaced of an interview she gave to Barbara Walters in 1991 in which she described how Rivera and his producer pushed her into a bathroom where they drugged and groped her.

Around the same time as the Walters interview, Rivera recalled the incident very differently.

"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", Rivera said, also via Twitter.

"Reaction to my tweets today on #sexharassment makes clear I didn't sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem long hidden", Rivera tweeted in the evening, hours after expounding on the gray areas of sexual behavior.

Rivera acknowledged the encounter back in '91, when the seriousness (or lack thereof) given to the subject of sexual harassment can be glimpsed in the title of Rivera's memoir: Exposing Myself. In her tweet, Midler called for an apology.

In her interview with Walters, Midler said Rivera and his producer came to do an interview with her in the early '70s. "I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me", she wrote. "Bette, I apologize", Rivera tweeted. "News is a flirty business & it seems like current epidemic of #SexHarassmentAllegations may be criminalizing courtship & conflating it w predation".

"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.

In a few of Rivera's controversial tweets, the media personality suggested that the accusers were merely disgruntled exes and sought to put forth his own definition of sexual harassment. "We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him", it tweeted.

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