Henry Cavill Apologises For Wild #MeToo Comments
The actor said in an interview with GQ Australia that he feared flirting could get him accused of being a rapist.
Henry Cavill has been forced to issue an apology after GQ Australia published his thoughts on the #MeToo movement, where the actor stumbled through his concerns.
In the interview, Cavill agreed that the movement had introduced positive change, but yearned to keep the "good ol' days" traditions of chasing women.
"There’s something wonderful about a man chasing a woman," Cavill said, "There’s a traditional approach to that, which is nice. I think a woman should be wooed and chased, but maybe I’m old-fashioned for thinking that."
That all sounds fine until the 35-year-old added, "It’s very difficult to do that if there are certain rules in place. Because then it’s like: ‘Well, I don’t want to go up and talk to her, because I’m going to be called a rapist or something’. So you’re like, ‘Forget it, I’m going to call an ex-girlfriend instead, and then just go back to a relationship, which never really worked'."
"Now? Now you really can’t pursue someone further than, ‘No’. It’s like, ‘OK, cool’. But then there’s the, ‘Oh why’d you give up?’ And it’s like, ‘Well, because I didn’t want to go to jail?'"
#MeToo has been a major movement in Hollywood where women have felt empowered to call out sexual harassment, misconduct and rape. The movement really took off when over 60 women came forward to accuse disgraced producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct. Weinstein is currently facing trial, charged with three counts of rape.
Cavill faced a backlash following his comments which seemed to conflate flirting with the act of rape.
Now in a statement to Page Six Cavill has apologised for his comments saying, "Insensitivity was absolutely not my intention".
"In light of this I would just like to clarify and confirm to all that I have always and will continue to hold women in the highest of regard, no matter the type of relationship, whether it be friendship, professional or a significant other."
"This experience has taught me a valuable lesson as to the context and the nuance of editorial liberties. I look forward to clarifying my position in the future towards a subject that is so vitally important and in which I wholeheartedly support."
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