Arnold Schwarzenegger puts film comeback on hold after details of affair, love child with former staffer Mildred Baena emerge

May 20, 2011

Former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has put his return to making movies on hold after details of his affair wih former household staffer Mildred Baena emerged. As Reliable Source reported:

Arnold Schwarzenegger announced 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 officesaid he’s now “focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or timelines.”

Maria Shriver, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s wife, who separated from the actor earlier this month, has retained a prominent attorney, sparking rumors of an impending divorce. As AP explained:

When Schwarzenegger and his wife, Maria Shriver, separated earlier this month, neither was talking divorce. That may have changed, however, after he revealed Monday that he fathered a now 13-year-old son with the family housekeeper and never told his wife until this year.

People magazine reported this week that Shriver has retained prominent Los Angeles divorce attorney Laura Wasser. If the Kennedy heiress and former network TV anchor goes ahead with a divorce, several prominent attorneys say, she is likely to cash in big.

“It seems to me that he has gratuitously embarrassed her. This should greatly enhance settlement negotiations,” said Atlanta attorney John Mayoue, who has represented Chris Rock in a paternity suit, baseball star David Justice in his split with actress Halle Berry, and other celebrities.

Although California is a no-fault divorce state, meaning her husband’s actions technically can’t be used against him in court, the reality, attorneys say, is that it will be.

“Every judge would know about what happened, and I think would hold it against him,” said attorney Robert Nachshin, who has represented the ex-wives of a who’s who of entertainers that includes Will Smith, Rod Stewart and John Ritter. “Judges are human beings, and Maria will definitely be the sympathetic spouse.”

Shriver declined to discuss the affair when she attended the taping of Oprah Winfrey’s farewell show on Tuesday. As AP reported:

Maria Shriver didn’t address revelations that her husband fathered a child with another woman when she appeared at Oprah Winfrey’s farewell show on Tuesday.

Shriver, the TV journalist and Kennedy heiress, walked onstage wearing a sparkly blue dress with Winfrey’s best friend Gayle King. Earlier in the day it was revealed her husband, Arnold Schwarzenegger, fathered a child with a woman on his household staff more than a decade ago.

In a statement Shriver called it a “painful and heartbreaking time.” Last week, Schwarzenegger and Shriver announced they had separated.

But on Tuesday evening Shriver focused on Winfrey. “You have given me love, support, wisdom and most of all the truth,” Shriver said to applause as Winfrey responded, “the truth.”

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