Re­morse­ful Rivera re­grets back­ing Ailes

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Ger­aldo Rivera says he’s “filled with re­gret” for ini­tially dis­count­ing the sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions against his for­mer Fox News Chan­nel boss, Roger Ailes, and is apol­o­giz­ing for his skep­ti­cism.

In a lengthy post to his Face­book page Thurs­day night, Rivera said Ailes is a “de­ceit­ful, self­ish misog­y­nist” if the charges against him are true. Ailes has de­nied them, but Fox News par­ent 21st Cen­tury Fox set­tled a law­suit this week with first ac­cuser Gretchen Carl­son, pay­ing her $20 mil­lion and pub­licly apol­o­giz­ing. Other women also have ac­cused the de­posed Fox News boss of ha­rass­ment.

Rivera tweeted in the wake of Carl­son’s law­suit this sum­mer that “I stand with Roger Ailes” and not to be­lieve the charges against him. Rivera worked for Ailes for more than 20 years at CNBC and Fox News, and wrote that his per­sonal and pro­fes­sional loy­alty com­pelled him to jump to Ailes’ de­fense.

“I apol­o­gize for my skep­ti­cism,” Rivera wrote. “Like vic­tims of sex­ual as­sault, those al­leg­ing ha­rass­ment de­serve the pre­sump­tion of cred­i­bil­ity.”

Through a spokes­woman, Carl­son had no com­ment Fri­day.

Rivera said he is pay­ing the price for sup­port­ing his for­mer boss. He said he learned Tues­day that HarperCollins has de­cided not to pub­lish his man­u­script, “Ger­aldo of Ara­bia, From Tora Bora to Trump,” and said it was a di­rect re­sult of his sup­port for Ailes and flat­ter­ing por­trayal of him in the book.

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Ger­aldo Rivera apol­o­gized on Face­book for de­fend­ing Roger Ailes against sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions.

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