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Actor Henry Cavill apologises after #MeToo rape backlash

BBC Entertainment and Arts

Superman actor Henry Cavill has apologised for claiming that the #MeToo movement has left him scared to date women for fear of being "called a rapist".

In a statement, Cavill addressed the "confusion and misunderstanding" over his GQ interview.

Henry Cavill

"Insensitivity was absolutely not my intention", he continued, confirming he holds women in "the highest regard".

The Jersey-born British actor made the outspoken comments during an interview with GQ Australia, as part of his promotional activities for Mission Impossible: Fallout.

When asked how #MeToo affected him, Cavill said that while society "had to change" regarding the treatment of women, the altered landscape has left him feeling unsure about "chasing a woman".

The comments sparked both empathy and anger online. Many were quick to attack Cavill for his "absurd" views, but a number of men echoed Cavill's sense of confusion.

Abuse in politics: Bethan Sayed on racist taunts
Welsh Assembly member Bethan Sayed says the abuse she endured as a woman in politics took a new racial twist when she married a Muslim man.

Council 'in discussions' with police over allegations

BBC Radio Devon

Devon County Council is "in discussions" with Devon and Cornwall Police over allegations that a senior councillor sexually harassed female members of staff, officers say.

However the claims have not been formally reported to police.

man in suit
Brian Greenslade was the leader of Devon County Council from 1993 to 2009

Liberal Democrat Brian Greenslade was found guilty of serious breaches of Devon County Council's code of conduct by its standards committee.

He has been "formally censured", which the council says is the "strongest possible" punishment available against an elected member.

Mr Greenslade, who led the council from 1993 to 2009, is yet to comment.

We are aware of an internal investigation being carried out by Devon County Council. However, at this time, no matters have been formally reported to police for investigation. Devon County Council and police are currently in discussions over any next steps.”

Devon and Cornwall Police spokeswoman

'You people are like flies, we can just blow you away'

The problem of sexual abuse around Bangladesh's shrimp farms.
Sexual harassment and abuse is a sad reality for many women who work and live in the shrimp farming regions of south western Bangladesh. As rising demand for tropical shrimp from the US and Europe led to big companies taking over local agricultural land, local men were forced to leave to find other work, leaving local women extremely vulnerable.  The problem was especially bad in the 1990's and early 2000's but it persists to this day. The Swedish Society for Nature Conservation has documented the abuse and received this testimony from a woman who lives in the region. 

(Picture: Bangladeshi woman walking down the street, Credit: Getty Images)

'I was sexually harassed working on farms'

The plight of many women harvesting food crops in the USA
Lupe Gonzalo came to the US from Mexico 15 years ago, to earn a living harvesting tomatoes in the fields of Florida. She found that sexual harassment and abuse were commonplace, with most people too scared and financially vulnerable to speak out. She now works with the 'Coalition of Immokalee Workers' conducting workers’ rights education in farms around the US as part of an initiative called the 'Fair Food Program'. Emily Thomas spoke to her about her experiences. Her answers have been voiced by an actor.

(Picture: Woman in wheat field, Credit: Getty Images)