Arnold Schwarzenegger admits he 'stepped over the line' with women

Brunilde Fioravanti
Ottobre 11, 2018

Hollywood star Arnold Schwarzenegger has apologised for some of his past behaviour towards women.

Arnold Schwarzenegger said he has some regrets about using the phrase "girlie men" as an insult, telling Men's Health magazine in a wide-ranging interview that his views have changed in wake of the #MeToo movement.

'When I became governor, I wanted to make sure that no one, including me, ever makes this mistake.

He was accused by multiple women of inappropriate touching, accusations which emerged when he was running for Governor's role in California in 2003.

"Did he rape me?" Six women accused him of groping them, with the allegations spanning three decades, The Los Angeles Times reported in 2003. "Did he humiliate me?"

Schwarzenegger said once he was elected governor, he and his staff took sexual harassment prevention courses.

But despite these past allegations - for which he was not charged - in his interview he continued to say he "always had respect for women", adding that his views on masculinity had not changed.

What has changed is his opinion about referring to his political opponents as "girlie men", which he did back in 2004, but not for the reason that you might think.

"That's why we took sexual harassment courses, to have a clear understanding, from a legal point of view and also from a regular-behavior point of view, of what is accepted and what is not", Schwarzenegger said.

Mr. Schwarzenegger said Wednesday that "it felt like the right thing to do" at the time, but was shortsighted. It was in my gut. And if I offended anyone, I want to just say sorry that people that I've offended. I improvised it. I called them girly men because they weren't willing to take risks. They were afraid of everything. "In the long term, it's better to not say that, because you want to work with them".

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