He had accusations of groping several women leveled against him just days before he won the recall election to become the governor of California in 2003.
Arnold Schwarzenegger would later apologize for ‘misbehaving with women’ and now, one year after the breakout of the #MeToo movement, he is apologizing again.
‘Looking back, I stepped over the line several times, and I was the first one to say sorry. I feel bad about it, and I apologize,’ the now 71-year old admitted in an interview published in Men’s Health magazine.
Admission: Arnold Schwarzenegger apologized again for his past behavior with women
Regretful: ‘Looking back, I stepped over the line several times, and I was the first one to say sorry. I feel bad about it, and I apologize,’ the now 71-year old confessed in an interview with Men’s Health, which is out October 16
When discussing his treatment of women before #MeToo, the Terminator star admitted he has regrets.
‘When I became governor, I wanted to make sure that no one, including me, ever makes this mistake. 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.’
Despite the fallout from the groping scandal, Schwarzenegger maintains that he has not wavered in his sense of who he is as a man and his relationships with women.
‘I’ve not changed my view (on masculinity). I’m a guy. I would not change my view of who I am. The woman I was originally most in love with was my mother. I respected her, and she was a fantastic woman. I always had respect for women.’
Initial allegations: Schwarzenegger apologized for ‘misbehaving with women’ after groping allegations were made public during the California gubernatorial recall election in 2003; the body building champion is pictured in 1966
Making amends: Arnold said he and his administration took sexual harassment course after he was voted in as California governor in 2003; the actor is pictured in the 1987 hit film Predator
In the interview, Schwarzenegger also said he regretted calling his political opponents as ‘girlie men’ during a 2004 Republican National Convention.
‘At the time it felt like the right thing to do… I called them girlie men because they weren’t willing to take risks. They were afraid of everything,’ he said. ‘But it was shortsighted. In the long term, it’s better to not say that, because you want to work with them.’
In 2011, Schwarzenegger would find himself in the middle of another public scandal when it was revealed that he fathered a child with his family’s housekeeper while married to Maria Shriver, with whom he shares four children.
The boy was born in 1997. The actor claimed he didn’t find out he had fathered the child until seven or eight years later.
Shriver filed for divorce two months after his public admission.
Scandal: Schwarzenegger publicly admitted that he fathered a child with his family’s housekeeper while married to Maria Shriver; Shriver filed for divorce two months later