LOS ANGELES – Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted that he fathered a secret child with a member of his family's staff 10 years ago. The revelation led to his recent separation with wife Maria Shriver, who moved out of the couple's Brentwood home after hearing the news.
"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger said in a statement sent to the Los Angeles Times. "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."
According to the Associated Press: "The Los Angeles Times did not publish the former staffer's name nor that of her child but said the woman worked for the family for 20 years and retired in January. In an interview Monday before Schwarzenegger issued his statement, the former staffer said another man -- her husband at the time -- was the child's father. When the Times later informed the woman of the governor's statement, she declined to comment further."