The Fox News
contributer apologized to Bette Midler
over Twitter on Friday, one day after she called him out for allegedly groping her in the early '70s.
“Although I recall the time Bette Midler
has alluded to much differently than she, that does not change the fact that she has a right to speak out & demand an apology from me, for in the very least, publicly embarrassing her all those years ago,” Rivera wrote. “Bette, I apologize.”
He also apologized for his "tawdry" autobiography, Exposing Myself, published in 1991.
"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," Rivera wrote. "I’m embarrassed & profoundly sorry to those mentioned-i have & again apologize to anyone offended."
On Thursday, Midler tweeted a video of a 1991 interview with Barbara Walters
, in which she alleged that Rivera and his producer