Maria Shriver moved out of her home in Brentwood after Arnold Schwarzenegger admitted to fathering a child with a longtime member of their household staff, reports the Los Angeles Times. Although the power couple only announced their separation last week, the paper says Schwarzenegger told his wife earlier this year, after the staff member, who worked for the family for 20 years, retired in January. The child was conceived a decade ago. At the time, the unnamed woman claimed the father was her then-husband. The woman told the Times she received a severance payment and “left on good terms,” with the family, adding, “I wanted to achieve my 20 years, then I asked to retire.” According to a source, the former governor took financial responsibility for the child from the start. In response to questions, Schwarzenegger delivered a statement to the paper:
“After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Schwarzenegger said Monday night. “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.”
During California’s 2003 recall election to replace Gray Davis, it was Shriver who came to her husband’s defense amid allegations from a dozen women who said he had groped them over a number of years. She vouched for Schwarzenegger’s personal integrity, helping him win a landslide election. Although Schwarzenegger seemed to insinuate that the split was temporary, friends of Shriver’s have hinted that she was unhappy for a long time, but waited to leave until after her parents death and the end of her husband’s term as governor.
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Schwarzenegger fathered a child with longtime member of household staff [LAT]
Schwarzenegger Reveals He Had Child With Staffer [AP via NYT]
Earlier: Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver Separate