Arnold Schwarzenegger faces uncertain future; Mildred Baena hires L.A. law firm

May 24, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s reported former mistress and the mother of his love child, Mildred Patricia Baena, hired a Los Angeles law firm to represent her. As AP reported:

A woman identified by some media as the mother of former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s out-of-wedlock son has hired a Los Angeles law firm.

Lawyer Michael Saltz confirms that Mildred Patricia Baena of Bakersfield is being represented by the firm Jacobson, Russell, Saltz & Fingerman.

The website Radar Online first reported the hire, saying it received a letter from the firm challenging “unflattering reports” about the housekeeper.

Saltz told The Associated Press there is no plan to file litigation at this time. He declined further comment.

The actor and former California governor is facing the largest threat to his legacy after a long career in the public spotlight. As AP explained:

For 35 years, Arnold Schwarzenegger has been carefully crafting his public image, from Austrian bodybuilder and international action star to family man and Republican politician.

Now, with his split from Maria Shriver and revelations that he fathered a child with a member of his housekeeping staff, where does Schwarzenegger go from here? Can he have a future either in politics or film, and how does he once again reshape his image, especially in the eyes of female fans?

“His biggest problem as an action star has nothing to do with being an adulterer. It has to do with being 63 years old and physically wrecked — unless they’re going to make ‘Terminator 6: The Golden Years,’” said David Leibowitz, a Phoenix-based public relations and crisis communications consultant. “The love child is almost the least of his worries.”

For decades, though, Schwarzenegger was the safest of box-office bets, with his bulging, muscular physique and his quippy, punny one-liners. The “Terminator” movies alone have made more than $1 billion worldwide — most of that outside the United States.

Arnold Schwarzenegger also has put his film comeback on hold as he deals with the fallout from his revelation. As Reliable Source reported:

Arnold Schwarzeneggerannounced Thursday he’s putting his showbiz career on hold, amid massive upheaval of his personal life and public image. The ex-guv had planned to return to movies, lining up a couple “Terminator” sequels and another drama, “Cry Macho,” in recent weeks. But that was before the scandal broke of the child he fathered by his housekeeper.

Wife Maria Shriver, meanwhile, has reportedly hired a prominent divorce attorney. A statement from his office said he’s now “focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or timelines.”

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