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Fox News 'Troubled' by Geraldo Sex Harassment Tweets, He Apologizes

Fox News 'Troubled' by Geraldo Sex Harassment Tweets, He Apologizes
Geraldo Rivera (AP)

By    |   Wednesday, 29 November 2017 10:27 PM

Fox News on Wednesday said it was "troubled" by tweets made by Geraldo Rivera, who is a contributor to the network.

"Geraldo's tweets do not reflect the views of Fox News or its management," the network said in a statement to The Hill. "We were troubled by his comments and are addressing them with him."

In a series of tweets Wednesday afternoon, Rivera seemed to downplay sexual harassment allegations against "Today" show co-host Matt Lauer, who was fired by NBC News earlier Wednesday.

Rivera called news a "flirty business" and noted the recent spate of sexual harassment complaints risks "criminalizing courtship & conflating it [with] predation."

Lauer is married, and his accusers said his advances were not welcome.

Rivera also suggested limitations on sexual harassment allegations:

Following backlash on his comments, Rivera initially doubled down, arguing "If News wasn't (formerly) a flirty biz then how do we explain so many newsroom courtships that have led to happy marriages?"

But late Wedensday evening, he tweeted an explanation and an apology:

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