Overnight, the Los Angeles Times has broken the story that former California governor and action movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted to fathering a child more than a decade ago — before his first run for office — with a longtime member of his household staff, which prompted his wife, Maria Shriver, to move out of the family's Brentwood mansion earlier this year.
In a statement released Monday night after being contacted by the Times, Schwarzenegger said,
"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago. 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.".
The irony of the Times breaking this story is that California's largest newspaper also broke the blockbuster story about Schwarzenegger's womanizing ways just five days before the 2003 recall election in California which resulted in the "Terminator" star's ascension to the governorship — an article that many people said backfired on the Times, and made Schwarzenegger almost a sympathetic figure.