Another huge Schwarzenegger scoop for the Los Angeles Times: Arnold fathered a secret love child with a household employee over a decade ago. Arnold finally ‘fessed up to his wife about the kid in January, and Maria Shriver moved out of the couple’s Brentwood home.
In response to questions from the LAT, Schwarzenegger released a statement Monday night acknowledging his paternity: “There are no excuses and I take full responsibility for the hurt I have caused.”
With this confession comes a host of ethical issues, beyond mere infidelity. Schwarzenegger slept with an employee. He slept with someone who worked in his home, with his wife and children. He knew about the child for over a decade, but waited until he was out of office to tell Shriver.
And given the efficacy of condoms, he almost certainly didn’t use one, thereby potentially exposing his wife to sexually transmitted diseases. Get tested, Maria.
And then there’s the political considerations. Schwarzenegger became governor of the state of California, home to one of the largest economies in the world, despite having an ugly secret that could potentially expose him to blackmail and scandal. He owed more to the state, his political party and to his constituents.
Thank heavens he can’t run for president.