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Arnold Schwarzenegger says he deserves 'feelings of anger and disappointment' over out-of-wedlock child

May 17, 2011 |  7:03 am

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In acknowledging he fathered a child more than a decade ago with a member of his household staff, former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said he deserves "the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family."

Schwarzenegger released a statement Monday in response to inquiries by The Times over the child. The news came a week after he and Maria Shriver separated.

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"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. "... 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.

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.

A spokesman for the former first lady said she had no comment.

Continue reading the full story by Mark Z. Barabak and Victoria Kim.

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-- Mark Z. Barabak and Victoria Kim

Photo: Former California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger speaks at an event last week. He said in a statement that he has apologized to his wife, Maria Shriver, his children and others. Credit: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters

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