Henry Cavill has apologised for comments he made in a recent interview, comparing flirting to rape.
While talking about to #MeToo movement, he admitted that he is hesitant on pursuing women as he is afraid of being accused of sexual assault or being called "a rapist or something" he said to GQ Australia.
Cavill’s rep issued a statement, where Henry "wanted to apologize for any confusion and misunderstanding".
"Insensitivity was absolutely not my intention," the statement issued to The Hollywood Reporter read. "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."
He added: "Never would I intend to disrespect in any way, shape or form. 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 it so vitally important and in which I wholeheartedly support."
During the interview, Henry commented about "men’s behaviour," which he added that "stuff has to change, absolutely."
"There’s something wonderful about a man chasing a woman. 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."
And here's where it got bad:
"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.' But it’s way safer than casting myself into the fires of hell, because I’m someone in the public eye, and if I go and flirt with someone, then who knows what’s going to happen?"
He continued: "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?'"