DARK SIDE OF ARNIE; This Week, on the Eve of His Bid for Political Power, He Was Forced to Apologise for Groping Women. Here, the Terminator's Biographer Reveals the Sickening Extent of His Brutality towards the Opposite Sex . . . Including His Wife
Byline: WENDY LEIGH
HE WAS pumped-up, psyched-up and ready for action. It was the night before the Mr Olympia bodybuilding contest, and Arnold Schwarzenegger was supremely confident that he was destined to win the title for a third time.
At 260lb of solid muscle, the man they called 'The Austrian Oak' exuded self-confidence, flashing the gap-toothed smile that was his trademark, and flexing his muscles at all and sundry.
He was so certain of victory that, after a night of carousing with his fellow bodybuilders and his father Gustav - who was on hand to witness his triumph - Arnold decided that he didn't need sleep. He needed sex.
Within minutes, he had picked up a prostitute, taken her to his room, and ravished her. When she demanded payment, he flatly refused. 'You should pay me,' he smugly declared.
That episode in the German city of Essen more than 30 years ago - described to me by bodybuilder Serge Nubret when I was researching my biography of Arnold - typifies the arrogance, the bravado and the fundamental immorality of the man who stands on the brink of becoming Governor of California.
If Schwarzenegger wins Tuesday's election, he will become leader of the sixth richest economy in the world. It will be a triumph to eclipse all his successes in Hollywood.
Now, however, he finds himself in a storm over his brutal treatment of women that could derail his ambitions at the 11th hour. A flurry of allegations by women he has sexually humiliated over the years has forced him on the defensive.
To readers of the Mail, these accusations will have come as no surprise. Two months ago, in these pages, I revealed some of the seedy reality about 'the groping governor' and his habitual ill-treatment of the opposite sex. On the eve of the election, it appears that my revelations are belatedly being picked up by the American media, with the influential Los Angeles Times publishing its own 'dossier' on his extraordinary behaviour.
But my research has revealed that the Terminator star has still more secrets to hide.
I have spoken exclusively to a woman who was subjected to a terrifying assault by Arnold when they were working together on one of his films.
I have also discovered how his love of humiliating women extends even to his own wife, Maria Shriver, a member of America's powerful Kennedy clan. And behind such tales of rampant misogyny are intriguing stories of Arnold's former links to wealthy gay patrons.
Most explosively of all, I have unearthed remarkable claims that Schwarzenegger sired a secret love child by an air hostess on his private jet. The woman concerned dismisses the allegation as political dirty tricks - but admits that many have pointed to the boy's resemblance to Arnold.
Schwarzenegger's crude sexual approaches to women have been an open secret in Hollywood for the past 30 years.
Until now, women propositioned by him in primitive terms, and aggressively manhandled by him, have been terrified to speak out about his shocking behaviour.
Now, however, six women have finally come forward to tell the truth.
One of those involved is British TV presenter Anna Richardson, whose ordeal I described to Mail readers in my previous article.
She claims Arnold fondled one of her breasts during an interview, and squeezed her nipple, saying he wanted 'to check if they were real'.
There are now new accusers with even more shocking stories to tell, such as a secretary at Columbia Pictures who was introduced to Arnold in a production office by her boss.
The secretary, then in her 30s, sat on a couch opposite him while the star and her boss talked.
At the end of the conversation, the secretary moved towards Arnold to say goodbye. Instead of taking her hand, Arnold slipped his own hand under her skirt, then grabbed her right buttock.
'You have a very nice a***. …