Schwarzenegger fathered a child with longtime member of household staff
Article by: Mark Z. Barabak and Victoria Kim, LA Times -RSS
May 17, 2011
Schwarzenegger's wife, Maria Shriver, moved out of their Brentwood
mansion earlier this year after the former governor acknowledged the
child was his. The staff member worked for the family for 20 years,
retiring in January.
Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
and his wife, Maria Shriver
separated after she learned he had fathered a child more than a decade
ago — before his first run for office — with a longtime member of their
Shriver moved out of the family's Brentwood mansion earlier this year,
after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the paternity. The staff member worked
for the family for 20 years, retiring in January.
"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event,
which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger said Monday night in a
statement issued to The Times in response to questions. "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.
Photos: A political marriage with star power
"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. "
A spokesman for the former first lady said she had no comment.
Since leaving office, Schwarzenegger has maintained a high public profile, meeting with world dignitaries, attending a White House
summit on immigration and working to revive his movie career.
To protect their privacy, The Times is not publishing the former
staffer's name nor that of her child. In an interview Monday before
Schwarzenegger issued his statement, the former staffer said another man
— her then-husband — was the child's father.
She said she voluntarily left her position with the couple earlier this
year after reaching a longstanding goal of working for them for two
decades. "I wanted to achieve my 20 years, then I asked to retire," she
said, adding she received a severance payment and "left on good terms
Later Monday, The Times informed the woman of the governor's statement and she declined to comment further.
Schwarzenegger took financial responsibility for the child from the
start and continued to provide support, according to a source who
declined to be identified because of the former governor's request for
The former first couple of California announced their separation in a
joint statement issued last week. The two have been married 25 years.
There was no mention of a cause for the separation.
In keeping with their very public — and political — lives, two
distinctly different portraits of the marriage and its status have
emerged in the days since the breakup became public.
Schwarzenegger, 63, suggested that the split was temporary and the
couple were working toward reconciliation. "We both love each other very
much," the former governor said at an appearance last week at the
Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles. "We are very fortunate that we
have four extraordinary children and we're taking one day at a time."
Friends of Shriver, 55, offered a grimmer assessment, saying she had
been unhappy for years but made no move until after her parents died and
Schwarzenegger finished his term as governor. Her father, Sargent Shriver
, died Jan. 18, nearly a year and a half after the death of her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver
The marriage between Shriver and Schwarzenegger — pairing one of
Hollywood's top box office draws and a member of one of America's most
storied Democratic political clans — has long been a subject of public
As an actor, Schwarzenegger reveled in his macho image. But his behavior
became an issue during his first campaign for governor, in the 2003
recall election, when more than a dozen women said he had groped them
over a period of many years.
Schwarzenegger at first denied the allegations, then apologized. Shriver
offered a timely and politically crucial defense of her husband,
vouching for his personal integrity.
After his landslide election, she emerged as one of the most visible
first ladies in California history, maintaining a high profile as she
promoted volunteerism and directed a wildly popular annual conference on
Posted By: girlgirl |
7/19/11 4:55 PM
That housekeeper lady is so butt ugly. That's why he took the chance no one would ever believe that he slept with a beast.
Posted By: girlgirl |
9/09/11 6:14 PM
that pic up of him on the home page looks like someone impersonating him....
Posted By: aabutton9 |
6/22/12 1:19 AM
what a scumbag
Posted By: TerrySparkMeUp |
1/03/13 2:54 PM
His last movie sucked too..