published Tuesday, May 17th, 2011

Schwarzenegger reveals he had child with staffer

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    In this file photo taken Friday, Jan. 5, 2007, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger kisses his wife, Maria Shriver, after taking his oath of office in Sacramento, Calif, .The couple announced their separation Monday, May 9, 2011. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, File)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has acknowledged that he fathered a child with a member of his household staff, a revelation that apparently prompted wife Maria Shriver to leave the couple's home before they announced their separation last week.

Schwarzenegger and Shriver jointly announced May 9 that they were splitting up after 25 years of marriage. Yet, Shriver moved out of the family's Brentwood mansion earlier in the year after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the child is his, The Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger told the Times in a statement that also was sent to The Associated Press early Tuesday. "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused. I have apologized to Maria, my children and my family. I am truly sorry.

"I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time," the statement concluded. "While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not."

Schwarzenegger's representatives did not comment further. A spokesman for the former first lady told the Times she had no comment.

The Times did not publish the former staffer's name nor that of her child but said the woman worked for the family for 20 years and retired in January.

In an interview Monday before Schwarzenegger issued his statement, the former staffer said another man — her husband at the time — was the child's father. When the Times later informed the woman of the governor's statement, she declined to comment further.

The child was born before Schwarzenegger began his seven-year stint in public office.

Shriver stood by her husband during his 2003 gubernatorial campaign after the Los Angeles Times reported accusations that he had a history of groping women. Schwarzenegger later said he "behaved badly sometimes."

In his first public comments since the couple announced their breakup, Schwarzenegger said last week that he and Shriver "both love each other very much."

"We are very fortunate that we have four extraordinary children and we're taking one day at a time," he said at a Los Angeles event marking Israeli independence. Their children range in age from 13 to 21.

Since his term as California governor ended in early January, Schwarzenegger, 63, has hopscotched around the world, his wife nowhere in sight. While the "Terminator" star appeared confident about the future since exiting politics, cutting movie deals and fashioning himself as a global spokesman for green energy, Shriver, known for her confidence, seemed unsettled.

Shriver, 55, maintained her own identity when her husband entered politics, though she gave up her job at NBC. Their union was often tested in Sacramento, where the former action star contended with a rough seven years of legislative gridlock, a budget crisis and lingering questions about his fidelity.

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ceeweed said...

Doesn't say much for California's safe sex campaign when the republican governor is banging the upstairs maid without using protection. I can only guess which Red Hot Chili Pepper's tune they consider their song.

May 17, 2011 at 8:55 a.m.
chet123 said...

Another family value advise is dont talk it...just walk always come back to bite you

May 17, 2011 at 10:33 a.m.
strawn40 said...

Hey all men can and will make that mistake except for me. I've never have ever done that to any of the women I've been with. It's been all the women I've been with doing that to me. But either way if it has only happen once and the two really really do love each other I hope they can work it out and stay together. I couldn't do that with my women because they did that to me just about every day. They say that they do and still love each other I hope they can work though this and stay together. To me al the times I've seen them together on TV and how they have acted with each other and how they could always make each other laugh I know they belong together, if they can work though this and they really really do love each other.

May 17, 2011 at 11:04 a.m.
hcirehttae said...

Narcissistic reactionary hypocrite. Somehow, words of single syllables don't adequately cover da Governator.

May 17, 2011 at 11:05 a.m.
srbeak said...

So what's the kids name......John Conner???

May 17, 2011 at 12:40 p.m.
chet123 said...

libertarian...stop lying..tell the truth about republican STROM THUMOND...SLEEPING with the 16year old black maid...and having a baby by her while at the same time advocating segregation

May 17, 2011 at 1:53 p.m.
chet123 said...

libertarian...your hero Ronald Reagan was charged with date rape....he dont have the intergity of Obama

May 17, 2011 at 1:54 p.m.
Shock said...

Libertarian - huh???? Trying to figure out the point of your post. . . Maybe you're saying his wife deserved to get cheated on and humiliated because she's a Kennedy? Or, if you're saying that Arnold did nothing that any other scumbag politician hasn't done, you left a lot of people off your list.

May 17, 2011 at 2:16 p.m.
chet123 said...

LIBERTARIAN...YOU play this childish have hate in your heart...that why you pick and skip.....yes skip when it come to the republican...for a man who claim to be a sure are defensive when it comes to the republican party...oh yes Sen.ensign sleep with his best friend lol best friend wife....then got daddy to pay off the woman to keep quiet..lOL LOL that low bro...thats low....we beg the republican to keep quiet doing clinton presidential term...nononooooooooooo they had to prove they were family value....and it been biting the republican in the butt ever since..LOl LOL...when digging a whole...dig for your enemy..and one for yourself LOL LOL LOL

May 17, 2011 at 2:19 p.m.
chet123 said...

shock...libertarian is childish ...he picks and skips.....never mention his sleazy party(republican...hes shame to admit it)...the man cant tell the truth....LIBERTARIAN..have a problem telling the truth

May 17, 2011 at 2:22 p.m.
chet123 said...

he will disappear from time to time....looking for help from the haters....the man is illiterate!!

May 17, 2011 at 2:26 p.m.
Eric said...

Libertarian, are you really trying to defend Mark Foley? He sent sexually explicit emails and texts to kids! So you would be okay if an adult sends this stuff to your 16 year old son?

May 17, 2011 at 10:44 p.m.
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