It has been less than a week that former Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver separated now comes a bombshell that Schwarzenegger fathered a child more than a decade ago with a member of their household staff. The staff member worked for the family for 20 years and retired 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.
“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. ”
The LA Times has decided not to publish the name of the employee but she did issue the following statement, “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 with them.”
Schwarzenegger also said he has taken financial responsiblity for the child.
During the actor’s campaign for governor of California in 2003 more than a dozen women came forward and said he groped them over many years.