In the interview, she describes what happened. “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,” she said. “I did not offer myself up on the altar of Geraldo Rivera, he was unseemly.”

After being swarmed with criticism from all sides of the media and Midler, Geraldo deleted his tweets in support of Lauer. Then he offered up a meager statement concerning his view of abusers. “I didn’t sufficiently explain that this is a horrendous problem long hidden,” he tweeted. “Harassers are deviants who deserve what is coming to them.”

This is what’s called damage control. Geraldo was going to catch enough flak for defending Lauer, but the Midler video and claims make his situation much more dire. It wouldn’t be surprising if he joins the ranks of unemployed abusers by week’s end.