News About Child Brings Schwarzenegger's Political Career Full Circle

May 17, 2011

Word from the Los Angeles Times that "former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, separated after she learned he had fathered a child more than a decade ago — before his first run for office — with a longtime member of their household staff," reminds us about what it was like in 2003 when the Hollywood star got into politics.

"Women Say Schwarzenegger Groped, Humiliated Them," the Times wrote back then, just days before the special recall election that put Schwarzenegger (R) into office. That kicked off a frenzy of stories about allegations that "on movie sets, in studio offices and in other settings over the last three decades," he had acted boorishly.

Back then Schwarzenegger, while saying that not all the allegations were true, apologized to anyone he offended and admitted that he had sometimes "behaved badly." Shriver stood by her husband. He was elected governor.

Now he's apologizing again, telling the Times that "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."

But this time, the newspaper reports, a spokesman for Shriver says she has no comment. Some of her friends tell the newspaper that Shriver waited both for her husband's term to end earlier this year and for the deaths of her parents before separating. Her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, died last year. Her father, Sargent Shriver, died this past January.

Married for 25 years, Schwarzenegger and Shriver have four children ranging in age from 13 to 21. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit