Arnold Schwarzenegger Fathered Child with Household Staffer
(LOS ANGELES) -- The discovery of a child fathered by ex-California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger with a member of his household staff resulted in the separation from his wife Maria Shriver, according to a report in The Los Angeles Times early Tuesday morning.
"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 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."
Shriver has moved out of the couple's Brentwood, California home.
The news comes as the couple publicly announced in a joint statement last week that they were separating after 25 years of marriage.
Schwarzenegger asked for the media to "respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time," according to the statement to issued to the Times. "While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not."
In last week's statement, the couple said they mutually came to the decision to separate while they live apart and "decide on the future of their relationship."
"This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us. After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion, and prayer, we came to this decision together," Shriver and Schwarzenegger said in the May 9 statement.
The Los Angeles Times reported the staffer involved had worked for the couple for 20 years before retiring last January. The ex-staffer, who is not named in the Times story to protect her privacy, said she "left on good terms with them."
She told the Times that her "then-husband -- was the child's father."
A source told the Times that Schwarzenegger continues to provide for the child financially.
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