Arnold Schwarzenegger ‘stepped over the line’ with inappropriate behaviour towards women in the past
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Trigger warning: This article contains descriptions of sexual assault and violence against women.
Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted that he ‘stepped over the line’ with his inappropriate behaviour towards women.
During his run for office in 2003, the former Governor of California was first accused of sexual misconduct but claimed it was a ‘political attack’.
Now nearly two decades on, the actor and bodybuilder has spoken about his past ‘mistakes’.
At the time, six women spoke out against the Terminator star in a lengthy article in The LA Times – with the alleged behaviour happening over a 30-year span.
Now, the actor has admitted that he'd acted inappropriately toward women.
In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Schwarzenegger was asked about his behaviour and responded to the accusations.
“I think it’s very easy to understand. We are not perfect,” he told the publication, adding: "We try to be, but there’s only one that’s perfect — God. My mouth is great, but it gets me into trouble. My brain is great — it has the will to make a better world — but sometimes I f**k up.”
Schwarzenegger continued: ”I make mistakes. I behaved badly. All of those things I’ve addressed in the past. I feel bad about it.
"But I cannot roll the clock back. I have to be careful and be wiser. I’m smarter. I’m more sensitive about other people’s feelings.”
The Total Recall actor had previously admitted in an interview with Men's Health back in 2018 that he’d ‘stepped over the line several times’.
"I feel bad about it, and I apologise. When I became governor, I wanted to make sure that no one, including me, ever makes this mistake,” he said.
His latest admission becomes even more shocking when the 75-year-old revealed that people didn’t challenge his behaviour – despite potentially seeing the incidents.
“No one said anything,” he said, adding: “Look, the bottom line is that even though the times were different, it doesn’t matter if it was 100 years ago or today.
“You have to treat women with respect and you have to treat people with respect. None of it is an excuse. I should have behaved better.”
When asked when and what made him decide to change, he said that you become 'wiser' as 'time goes on'.
"You start thinking more about other people and not just about yourself. Not just what’s fun for you, not just what makes you look ballsy." he said.