Bette Midler: Geraldo Rivera ‘Groped Me’ After Shoving Poppers in My Nose (Video)

“He was unseemly,” Midler told Barbara Walters about ’70s encounter in newly resurfaced interview

Last Updated: November 30, 2017 @ 9:02 AM

Bette Midler has claimed that Fox News contributor Geraldo Rivera and an unnamed producer once groped her after shoving her in a bathroom and forcing poppers into her nose.

“He and his producer left the crew in the other room, they pushed me into my bathroom, they broke two poppers and pushed them under my nose and proceeded to grope me,” Midler told Barbara Walters in a 1991 interview that resurfaced this week. Poppers refer to packets of amyl nitrite, a chemical that is often inhaled recreationally to relax muscles.

“Grope me,” the Tony-winning actress and singer repeated of the encounter, which she said happened in the early ’70s. “I did not offer myself on the altar of Geraldo Rivera. He was unseemly.”

The footage was surfaced by freelance journalist Yashar Ali and has since gone viral on Twitter.

The Fox News contributor and television icon took heat yesterday after a tweet defending Matt Lauer following the NBC star’s ouster for accusations of sexual misconduct.

Rivera, who called news a “flirty business,” later apologized for his remarks in a series of lengthy tweets.

Fox News distanced itself from Rivera’s tweet last night.

“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,” a network rep said in a statement yesterday.

Reps for Rivera and Midler did not immediately respond to requests for comment.