Actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted in an interview that he has acted inappropriately with women in the past. Schwarzenegger, the former bodybuilder-turned-action-movie star-turned politician, has been accused of groping women in the past.
In 2003, while he was campaigning to become governor of California, six women came forward with accusations of various forms of sexual misconduct against Schwarzenegger. One woman said Schwarzenegger groped her in an elevator and tried to remove her bathing suit, according to a 2003 report by The Los Angeles Times. Some of the alleged incidents dated back to the 1970s, but as CNN reports, Schwarzenegger at the time denied any wrongdoing.
Now in an interview with Men’s Health magazine, Schwarzenegger has confessed to having gone to far on several occasions. “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. When I became governor, I wanted to make sure that no one, including me, ever makes this mistake,” he recently told Men’s Health. “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, a Republican, served two terms as California’s governor. He at times referred to political rivals as “girly men,” something he now says he regrets. “I improvised it,” Schwarzenegger told Men’s Health. “But it was shortsighted.” The “Governator,” as he was known, left office in 2011, and within months found himself embroiled in a sex scandal that fueled the tabloids for weeks after it was revealed that he had cheated on his longtime wife Maria Shriver with a woman the couple had been employing as a housekeeper. He fathered a child with the woman, and his marriage with Shriver quickly dissolved.
In the interview with Men’s Health, Schwarzenegger addressed a range of topics including whether his attitudes about masculinity have changed over the years.
Read the full interview at Men’s Health.