Henry Cavill apologizes for controversial #MeToo comments

Henry Cavill is apologizing for his controversial #MeToo comments, which he says were a "misunderstanding."

In a recent interview with GQ Australia, the Man of Steel star said that he's afraid to approach women today amid all the sexual harassment allegations that have recently come to light in Hollywood.

"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," the 35-year-old actor said in the interview. "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,'" he added. "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? 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?'"

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Henry Cavill during the filming of the Graham Norton Show at The London Studios, south London, to be aired on BBC One on Friday evening. (Photo by Matt Crossick/PA Images via Getty Images)
Henry Cavill attending the Women in Film & TV Awards at the London Hilton Park Lane hotel in London. (Photo by Yui Mok/PA Images via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Actor Henry Cavill arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Justice League' at the Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeffrey Mayer/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Dany Garcia;Henry Cavill arrives at the Premiere Of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Justice League' at Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 13: Jason Momoa, Henry Cavill, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, Ray Fisher and Ben Affleck arrive at the premiere of Warner Bros. Pictures' 'Justice League' at Dolby Theatre on November 13, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Gregg DeGuire/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Henry Cavill attends the 'Justice League' photocall at The College on November 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Henry Cavill attends the 'Justice League' photocall at The College on November 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Karwai Tang/WireImage)
LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 04: Actors Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Gal Gadot, Ben Affleck, Ray Fisher and Henry Cavill attend the 'Justice League' photocall at The College on November 4, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 27: British actor Henry Cavill attends the fans meeting of film 'Justice League' on October 27, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 27: British actor Henry Cavill visits the Temple of Heaven on October 27, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - OCTOBER 26: Actor Henry Cavill attends 'Justice League' premiere at 798 Art Zone on October 26, 2017 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
MIDHURST, ENGLAND - JULY 23: Lucy Cork (L) and Henry Cavill attend the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup Polo Final at Cowdray Park on July 23, 2017 in Midhurst, England. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Dave Benett / Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 29: Ray Fisher, Ezra Miller, director Zack Snyder, Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Jason Momoa attend the CinemaCon 2017 - Warner Bros. Pictures presentation held at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, on March 29, 2017 in Las Vegas, United States. (Photo by Michael Tran/FilmMagic)
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SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 15: Actor Henry Cavill attends the Huawei P9 launch event at Shanghai Grand Stage (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 22: (L-R) Amy Adams, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Holly Hunter and Jesse Eisenberg attend the European Premiere of 'Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice' at Odeon Leicester Square on March 22, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Dave J Hogan/Dave J Hogan/Getty Images)
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On Thursday, a rep for Cavill released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, in which Cavill apologized for "any confusion."

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

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