Arnold Schwarzenegger apologizes for past groping in Netflix doc Arnold: 'It ... trends now
The action star, 75, opens up about the issue in his new Netflix documentary series Arnold, speaking about the backlash that occurred amid an October 2, 2003 report from the Los Angeles Times that quoted six women as saying the film star had past groped them.
At the time of the accusations, Schwarzenegger acknowledged that he'd 'behaved badly sometimes' but 'never grabbed anyone,' saying the accusations were 'made-up.'
But in the new three-part documentary on the streamer, Schwarzenegger gives a more candid look back at the way he dealt with the scandal, and the things he'd been accused of.
'My reaction in the beginning, I was kind of … defensive,' said the Austria-born star, according to a report from Rolling Stone, which has had a sneak peek at the documentary.
The latest: Arnold Schwarzenegger, 75, has offered an apology over past allegations of groping which surfaced during his 2003 campaign for governor of California in his new Netflix documentary Arnold
The Terminator star in the documentary condemns his past behavior regardless of cultural context, referring back to his early days as a star bodybuilder in Venice Beach, California.
'Today, I can look at it and kind of say, it doesn't really matter what time it is,' Schwarzenegger said. 'If it's the Muscle Beach days of 40 years ago, or today, that this was wrong.
'It was bulls***. Forget all the excuses, it was wrong.'
The documentary on the streamer features an interview with Times reporter Carla Hall, who worked on the story and gave background into the probe on the film star-turned-politician.
She said the newspaper began looking into Schwarzenegger after he announced his candidacy in August of 2003 on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
'When Schwarzenegger announced he was running for governor, the staff of the LA Times immediately went into high gear to start looking into stories that we had heard for years, but no one had actually investigated them fully,' Hall said. 'We had barely six weeks to work on this, and we started talking to women.'
Schwarzenegger prevailed in the October 2003 election to replace then-Democratic Governor Gray Davis, as well