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Arnold Schwarzenegger admits to baby out of wedlock

by Adam Russett on May 17, 2011

It has come to light that former governor of California and actor Arnold Schwarzenegger had a child with a woman other than his wife, Maria Shriver, almost a decade ago. He admitted to the fact about a week after Shriver and he split up. 

"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger said in a statement issued to The Los Angeles Times. "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."

The child was conceived with one of Schwarzenegger's staff members, a woman who had worked closely with him for 20 years. She retired in January.

Originally, Shriver and he had acknowledged that their split had been "amicable." The pair had been married for 25 years, but offered no explanation for why they had come to the decision other than to say that it was a mutual choice. They have four children together, the oldest of whom is 21.

Some findings show that Schwarzenegger has run into trouble outside of his marriage with Shriver before. A total of 16 women filed complaints against him before his 2003 gubernatorial campaign, accusing him of groping and other forms of sexual harassment.

Now, it seems that Shriver is in big demand by many major news networks as they scramble to get the latest on the story. TMZ.com reports that Oprah Winfrey has booked Shriver as a guest on her final show, and wants her to take on a host role of her own in the future – whether that means a daily news show or a talk show remains to be seen 

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