Responding to a report that he has inappropriately touched six women, one as recently as in 2000, Arnold Schwarzenegger acknowledged this morning that he had "behaved badly" in the past but said he was "deeply sorry."
"Yes, I have behaved badly sometimes," he said. "Yes, there were unruly movie sets.… I did things I thought were playful. But now I recognize that I have offended people and to those people that I have offended, I want to say to them, 'I am deeply sorry about that, and I apologize because this is not what I am trying to do.' "
Speaking at the kickoff of his "California Comeback Express Bus Tour" in San Diego, the gubernatorial candidate said if elected he would be a "champion for women," and that he hoped voters would "give me the chance to prove it."
During the short address, Schwarzenegger urged voters to turn away from what he called "trash politics," and at first said that "a lot of things," in the media are "not true." But in the next breath, the actor acknowledged that he always says "where there's smoke there's fire" and proceeded with his apology.
Now he recognizes it? It has to be published on the front page of the L.A. Times before he recognizes it?
Perhaps the bad behavior he's sorry for includes this playful sort of fun:
During the production of the 1991 mega-blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day, a producer on that film recalls Arnold’s emerging from his trailer one day and noticing a fortyish female crew member, who was wearing a silk blouse. Arnold went up to the woman, put his hands inside her blouse, and proceeded to pull her breasts out of her bra. Another observer says, “I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. This woman’s nipples were exposed, and here’s Arnold and a few of his clones laughing. I went after the woman, who had run to the shelter of a nearby trailer. She was hysterical but refused to press charges for fear of losing her job. It was disgusting.”