Agreed, "class" was the wrong word.
But what I was referring to was when they interviewed him about the charges, he said straight up that his behaviour was inappropriate and he would adjust it accordingly.
Of course it's possible that he was just saying what his press agent told him to preserve his image. But at least he didn't blame the women, their dress or their behaviour.
That just means he isn't stupid.
So I only know what happened indirectly, but my understanding is his behaviour had been going on for quite some time, unapologetically, until he was called on it. It almost cost the whistleblower her job but fortunately for her other victims of his behaviour came forward.
So, yes, this was definitely damage control for his image, and that of the organization. I'm sure he was
sorry, after the fact, at least as much for getting caught out as for what he did. The point is, this was a guy who didn't change with the times, kept his sexist attitudes and, worse, acted out on them. What might have been 'acceptable' (or at least tolerated) 20 years ago, simply isn't today.
As I said already, when in doubt, stay professional and classy. This goes for women and men. You'll get it right almost every time.