Emily Ratajkowski is weighing in on the current cheating scandal surrounding Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine.

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“I don’t understand why we continue to blame women for men’s mistakes,” the actress said on TikTok. “Especially when you’re talking about 20-something-year-old women dealing with men in positions of power who are twice their age. The power dynamic is so skewed, it’s ridiculous. It’s predatory, it’s manipulative, I can’t imagine.”

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Earlier this week, Instagram model Sumner Stroh came forward to claim she had been in an affair with Levine for a year, and shared flirty DMs to back her story up. Levine denied that he had an affair, but admitted that he had “crossed the line during a regrettable period,” without providing further details.

That, along with Stroh’s claims, has prompted more women to come forward with flirtatious DMs allegedly sent from Levine.

Levine has been married to Behati Prinsloo since 2014 and they are currently expecting their third child together (a child Stroh claimed the singer asked if he could name after her). Partly because of this, a number of people have been throwing blame at the women on the receiving end of Levine’s affections for not putting a firm stop to things despite his marriage being public.

Stroh has already claimed he led her to believe his marriage was over but it just wasn’t yet public news, but that hasn’t mattered much to the people wanting to blame her for allegedly being involved with him.

Ratajkowski’s opinions are clearly vastly different from those pointing a finger at Stroh here.

“If you’re the one in a relationship, you’re the one who’s obligated to be loyal,” she said in her video.

She further theorized that the problem with pushing the narrative that “men are monsters” ultimately excuses them from their bad behavior because it’s what everyone has come to expect.

“Then we blame other women. We ask women to adjust their behavior, instead of just saying men need to change their behavior,” she said. “It’s classic misogyny.”

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Her stance is particularly noteworthy considering she split from her husband, Sebastian Bear-McClard, earlier this month after four years of marriage, with rumors of infidelity on his part framing the current narrative behind their divorce.

Ultimately, Ratajkowski’s comments only prompted further debate over who holds responsibility in a situation like this.

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*First Published: September 21, 2022, 10:48 am