Henry Cavill apologized for the controversial “rapist” comments about flirting, says “the Insensitivity was absolutely not my intention.”
Henry Cavill would have taken his comments about the #MeToo movement a little too far, so now he’s walking back.
The “Mission: Impossible – fall-out” star told GQ Australia that the #MeToo movement made him afraid to flirt with women, and his comments will not sit well with the internet.
“It is 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 plan to be a rapist or something.” So you think: ‘Forget it, I’ll call an ex-girlfriend in the place, and then just go back to a relationship that never really worked,'” he said in the magazine.
“But it is much safer than pouring myself into the fire of hell, because I’m someone in the public eye, and if I go and flirt with someone, then who knows what will happen?”
Cavill comments spurred serious backlash online, which brought him to the issue of an apology.
“After seeing the reaction to an article in particular about my feelings, about dating and the #metoo motion, I just wanted to apologize for the confusion and misunderstanding that this may have created,” he told Page Six in a statement Thursday.
“Insensitivity was absolutely not my intention. In the light of this, I would like to clarify and confirm to all what I have and will always continue to hold women in the highest regard, regardless of the nature of the relationship, whether friendship, professional, or a significant other.
“Never was my plan to be a lack of respect in no way, shape, or form,” his statement continued. “This experience has taught me a valuable lesson for the context and the nuance of the editorial freedoms. I look forward to clarifying my position in the future in the direction of a topic that is so vitally important and which I fully support.”
This article originally appeared on Page Six.