"And he and his producer left the crew in the other room, they pushed me into my bathroom, they broke two poppers (the recreational drug) and pushed them under my nose and proceeded to grope me".
The video of the 1991 interview emerged after Rivera defended NBC anchor Matt Lauer - one of the most famous TV anchors in the United States - who was sacked by the network for allegedly sexually inappropriate behaviour.
This combination photo shows Geraldo Rivera at "The Celebrity Apprentice" panel at the NBC 2015 Winter TCA in Pasadena, Calif., on January 16, 2015, left, and Bette Midler at the 15th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., on February 8, 2016.
"Tomorrow is my birthday". Mind you, at the time, Rivera was a correspondent for the Walters-hosted 20/20, so it seems Walters wasn't in the business in shielding the wrongdoings of her male co-workers necessarily. "I feel like this video was a gift from the universe to me", she tweeted along with a clip from an interview with Barbara Walters in which she describes the incident.
In the interview, Midler hesitates, then details a "very unpleasant" encounter with Rivera and his producer in the early 1970s involving a chemical popular at the time for giving a powerful high.
On Thursday, Midler officially commented on her old comments, in light of the clip going viral online.
Midler added the "Me Too" hashtag to her tweet.
Geraldo Rivera has defended Matt Lauer.
It turns out the Internet found more unseemly secrets in Geraldo Rivera's past than he ever found in Al Capone's vault, and now Bette Midler wants an apology.
"The truth about it is I didn't remember" such an affair, Midler said. "No, I better not", she says.
Rivera, who hosted multiple tabloid-style talk shows for decades and is now a contributor on Fox News, is the son of a Puerto Rican father and a Jewish mother. Big-bucks settlements mean some people might be motivated by "more than justice", he said. "We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him".
Matt Lauer says he is "truly sorry" to anyone he is hurt by his words and actions in his first public comments since being fired by NBC amid sexual misconduct allegations.