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Henry Cavill releases statement after claims he would be branded 'a rapist' for flirting

Not cool, Henry (Picture: Getty)

Henry Cavill has apologised after he was heavily criticised for remarks he made about the #MeToo movement.

Having seen the reaction to an article in particular about my feelings on dating and the #MeToo movement, I just wanted to apologize for any confusion and misunderstanding that this may have created, he said in a statement to Press Association.

Insensitivity was absolutely not my intention. 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.

Henry Cavill releases statement after claims he would be branded 'a rapist' for flirting

Henry Cavill suggested he would be branded a rapist for flirting (Picture: Getty Images for SiriusXM)

His apology came after he told GQ Australia that he is often concerned about being called a rapist for approaching women.

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Theres something wonderful about a man chasing a woman, he told the magazine.

Theres a traditional approach to that, which is nice. I think a woman should be wooed and chased, but maybe Im old-fashioned for thinking that. Its very difficult to do that if there are certain rules in place. Because then its like, Well, I dont want to go up and talk to her, because Im going to be called a rapist or something.

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So youre like, “Forget it, Im going to call an ex-girlfriend instead, and then just go back to a relationship, which never really worked”. But its way safer than casting myself into the fires of hell, because Im someone in the public eye, and if I go and flirt with someone, then who knows whats going to happen?

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His comments however caused backlash, with many women concerned that he appeared to not be able to tell the difference between welcome flirting and harassment.

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, he then added in his apology.

I look forward to clarifying my position in the future towards a subject that it so vitally important and in which I wholeheartedly support.

Henry Cavill GQ Australia August 2018 issue Credit: GQ Australia/Buzz White

(Picture: GQ Australia/Buzz White)

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