The year was 2003 and the “Terminator” star was running for governor of California.
Schwarzenegger now says “Looking back, I stepped over the line several times, and I was the first one to say sorry.”
Last year, allegations of sexual misconduct against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein kicked off an international conversation about the treatment of women and led to the downfall of several powerful men across several industries.
The allegations against Weinstein range from harassment to rape, include the stories of more than 80 women and span several decades. Through a spokesperson, Weinstein has repeatedly denied “any allegations of nonconsensual sex; he has pleaded not guilty to six sex crime charges in New York, including two counts of rape.
Schwarzenegger, who left the governor’s office in 2011, was not criminally charged in connection with any of the allegations about him.
He told Men’s Health he has not changed his views on masculinity.
“I’m a guy,” Schwarzenegger said. “I would not change my view of who I am.”
The actor added “The woman I was originally most in love with was my mother.”
“I respected her, and she was a fantastic woman,” he said. “I always had respect for women.”
CNN has reached out to Schwarzenegger for additional comment.