Henry Cavill Ignites Firestorm With #MeToo Critique

Oh, Henry. Man of Steel star Henry Cavill ignited a firestorm when asked by GQ Australia in the August issue’s cover story about what he’s learned from Hollywood’s #MeToo movement. 

The 35-year-old replied that he is hesitant to pursue relationships out of fear of being called “a rapist or something.”

“I like to think that I’ve never been like that,” Cavill said. “I think any human being alive today, if someone casts too harsh a light on anything, you could be like ‘Well, OK, yeah when you say it like that, maybe.”

But he added that he still liked the idea of “chasing” a woman. “There’s something wonderful about a man chasing a woman. There’s a traditional approach to that, which is nice,” he remarked. “I think a woman should be wooed and chased, but maybe I’m old-fashioned for thinking that.”

After catching heat on social media, Cavill revised his comments. In a statement, he told BuzzFeed: "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. 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."