Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Arnie Had a Child with Member of Staff 10 Years Ago; Wife Left after He Revealed the Affair

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Arnie Had a Child with Member of Staff 10 Years Ago; Wife Left after He Revealed the Affair

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Byline: Tom Harper

ARNOLD Schwarzenegger's marriage fell apart when his wife discovered he had fathered a child 10 years ago with a member of his household staff.

The Hollywood star and politician has admitted he had an affair with an unnamed employee at his Los Angeles home. She had worked for the family for 20 years. His wife Maria Shriver left the family estate after the 63-year-old told her of his fling with the woman. She retired in January "on good terms" after receiving a severance payment.

The affair is understood to have taken place before Schwarzenegger was elected California governor in 2003. In a statement issued today, he said: "After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago.

"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 apologised 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. While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not."

A source told the Los Angeles Times that Schwarzenegger took financial responsibility for the child.

The Austrian-born actor, whose films include Terminator and Predator, announced last week that he had separated from Ms Shriver, an author and former TV journalist, after 25 years of marriage. It was not clear what prompted the split, although former child actress Gigi Goyette, 52, has since said she had an affair with Schwarzenegger, adding: "There were so many other women. About 13 have come out of the woodwork." The former governor has denied Ms Goyette's claims.

In 2003, during Schwarzenegger's first campaign for governor, a number of women came forward to allege he had groped them. …

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