Arnold Schwarz enegger has unloaded both barrels at a National Enquirer story reporting he is under criminal investigation for the alleged use of public funds to conceal sexual liaisons during his term as governor.
Schwarzenegger is involved in a love child scandal involving his long-time maid Mildred Baena.
He admitted fathering a son, now 13-years-old, with Baena. Their affair lasted for at least a decade during his 25-year marriage to Maria Shriver.
At least two other women have claimed to have had sex with the ex-governor, but so far Arnold has neither confirmed nor denied the assertions.
Schwarzenegger is also rumored to have had numerous other affairs during his term in office, from 2003 until last January, but none have been substantiated.
For its part, The National Enquirer has a hit or miss reputation for reporting celebrity infidelities.
In two celebrated hits, it broke the story about John Edwards; affair with aide Reille Hunter and unearthed Tiger Woods’ mistress Rachel Uchitel, which presaged his five-month sex scandal.
In this case, the paper reported that the California Attorney General is investigating the ex-governor to determine if he used public funds to support his “secret life.”
The Enquirer story was also accompanied by a similar story on gossip Web site radaronline, which is owned by the same company. It called the story a “Worldwide Exclusive.”
But Schwarzenegger, enlisting the help of a Hollywood public relations firm, lined up sources of his own to counter the story, including a San Francisco Chronicle reporter, who called the story “wrong, wrong, wrong.”
In a statement released to TheImproper, the ex-governor’s high-powered attorney Martin Singer also branded the story “completely false.”
“Unfortunately, the media’s relentless desire for new information has some outlets running stories that are made up by paying sources that have zero credibility,” he said.
“My client stated from the beginning that he takes full responsibility for his actions and deserves the public and media criticism. This does not entitle some in the media to be totally irresponsible,” he added.
The story named William Taylor, identified as a hotel security guard at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in the state capital, as one of its sources.
Taylor told the tabloid he saw California Highway Patrol officers and vehicles ferrying scantily-clad women in-and-out of Schwarzenegger’s hotel suite at the Hyatt.
He said the security detail “hurriedly escort the women through the service entrance on the second floor parking garage to the elevator that went to the governor’s private wing.”
The stayed for two to four hours before leaving, he said.
But Ulrich Samietz, the Hyatt Regency Sacramento’s general manager, said the hotel has never employed anyone by the name of William Taylor “in any capacity.”
“As far as Governor Schwarzenegger is concerned, he was always respectful to our associates during his stays here,” said Samietz in the statement.
Retired Highway Patrol Sgt. Mark Hammond, who was part of the governor’s security detail for seven years, said he never saw the Schwarzenegger engage in “inappropriate behavior.”
“As a supervisor, if anything had occurred, I would have been notified, even if it was technically off the record on his private time,” said Hammond.
Another retired officer, Manny Trevino, said the governor’s detail never covered for him during his seven years on the security team, both domestically and overseas.
“I never witnessed the governor acting in a less than honorable manner. I also never heard any other officer discuss any such claims,” he said.
So far, neither the Enquirer, nor radaronline have retracted or corrected the stories.