(PNS reporting from NEW YORK CITY) Cable news reporter Geraldo Rivera was named a “person of interest” Sunday and detained for questioning in a “sexting” case by police here after he posted a twisted semi-nude “selfie” on Twitter. [Editor’s Note: Ruh, roh! Looks like Mr. Rivera has deleted that Tweet! But that’s the photo from Saturday night, for reals.]
Complaining Tweeple from around the world overwhelmed the NYPD website, email and phone banks Saturday night and Sunday with reports of a twisted Geraldo floating around the Internets, calling him a “flasher” and a “pervert” and saying they felt threatened.
Offline, residents of his high-end Upper West Side cooperative apartment building called the NYFD to report the smell of sulphur coming from his penthouse.
Rivera, who has drawn criticism for his remarks on the Trayvon Martin case, was hit in the nose with a chair by building neighborhood watch captain Georgia Limmerman as police led him away “for just a few questions.” Limmerman said she thought he “looked like a rapist in that towel, which by the way, I think is my towel that was stolen from a dryer in the laundry room.”
“If he didn’t have just my towel on, I wouldn’t have responded in a violent and aggressive way. You know how these people are. Dirty old men in towels remind people of perverts. I had to stand my ground. Don’t let your parents go out wearing these damn towels!” Limmerman told PNS, adding, “A wet bath towel is just a hoodie for your goodies!”
“Also, if you’re old enough to take selfies, learn how to rotate a freakin’ photo, for Pete’s sake. This pic is as bad as a vertical video!”