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UPDATE [11/30/17, 4:50 p.m. EST]:

Fox News has released the following statement — “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 video interview from 1991 has surfaced in which singer and actress Bette Midler describes an alleged encounter with journalist Geraldo Rivera in the 1970s. She keeps herself collected when she tells the story, but almost refrains because she'll “get in trouble.”

Barbara pushes her to “get in a little trouble.” Then Midler proceeds to tell her story:

“Geraldo and his producer came to do an interview with me, in the ’70s, the early ’70s. And this was 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, they broke two poppers and pushed them under my nose and proceeded to grope me.”

Rivera wrote about Midler in his memoir, describing her as “insatiable.” She has responded to his description of her several times publicly, saying their encounter was:

“...nothing to write home about.”

Later, she would describe Rivera in another interview as “grotesque” and a “slimeball.” She added more information to the details of that alleged encounter in a 1992 Ladies’ Home Journal interview:

"...and he and his producer pushed me into my own bathroom and broke two poppers under my nose and started to grope me. And I kept going, ‘What is this? What is this? What’s going on?’ My friends say, of course, he was such a charmer, right after that I had to go to bed with him. He pursued me all the way to Oklahoma. I think he was doped up. I think he was doing a lot of drugs in those days. I don’t mind saying this. I really think he was.”

Rivera has responded to these allegations in part in his own 1991 memoir, “Exposing Myself.” He admits to the encounter, but leaves the drugs out:

We were in the bathroom, preparing for the interview, and at some point I put my hands on her breasts.

Soon after news broke of Matt Lauer's alleged sexual misconduct, Rivera took to Twitter to offer his point of view— and it was not received well:

Midler offered her own reaction on Twitter to Rivera's apology for his support of Lauer:

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