Arnold Schwarzenegger confirmed to the L.A. Times last night that he 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."
Shriver moved out of the family's Brentwood mansion earlier this year, after Schwarzenegger acknowledged the paternity. The staff member worked for the family for 20 years, retiring in January.
"After leaving the governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago," Schwarzenegger said Monday night in a statement issued to The Times in response to questions. "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. "
A spokesman for the former first lady said she had no comment.
At least there was no groping, eh? Schwarzenegger reportedly took financial responsibility for the child from the start.
* Shriver tells People: "This is a painful and heartbreaking time. As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment."