Geraldo on Ailes: 'I Am Filled With Regret'

Says sorry for doubting accusers, says Ailes is 'deceitful, selfish misogynist' if charges are true
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 9, 2016 10:30 AM CDT
Geraldo apologizes for his "skepticism."   (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Gretchen Carlson has settled with Fox over her sexual harassment suit against ex-boss Roger Ailes, and Geraldo Rivera has come to terms that perhaps there was something behind her complaint. Per Variety, Rivera apologized late Thursday on Facebook for publicly expressing doubts about Carlson's claims and those of other women, even tweeting in July, "He's about as flirty as the grizzly in #TheRevenant. I stand with Roger Ailes."

Rivera's tune is markedly different in the post entitled "Roger and Me," in which he calls Ailes "a deceitful, selfish misogynist, if the charges against him are true." Rivera says he was initially skeptical of the harassment claims because he was "blindsided" by them and because he knew Ailes as someone "more likely to tear your throat out than engage in sweet talk." Now, he says, "I am filled with regret" for not believing Ailes' accusers, adding, "Like victims of sexual assault, those alleging harassment deserve the presumption of credibility." The New York Times has compiled a handy primer on others who've rushed to Ailes' defense. (Maybe Geraldo should stick to selfies.)

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