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Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, the machine gunner/actor, has been caught with his pants down. He has admitted being the father of a child born to a long-time staffer more than ten years ago.

Schwarzenegger's wife has left him.

His long-time lawyer has been Los Angeles attorney Martin (Mad Dog) Singer. In 2009, the Reader was working on a story about lawsuits filed against Platinum Equity, the Beverly Hills private equity group that owns the Union-Tribune. The suits, which were a matter of public record, charged that the company engaged in sexual harassment, and women who slept with executives were rewarded financially; the suits named names.

The Reader got a letter from Singer saying that Platinum might file a defamation suit "giving rise to potentially astronomical damages." Warned Singer, "You proceed at your peril."

Then came the knee-slapper: Singer claimed that his threatening letter was not for publication or other use. After consulting our lawyer, we published both the story and Singer's threatening letter in its entirety. Other publications such as the Wall Street Journal had published his blistering missives.

Now, it turns out, back in 2001, a magazine had printed a story charging that Schwarzenegger was engaging in marital infidelity. The staff of then-Governor Gray Davis had sent copies of the article around, just in case Schwarzenegger ran for governor, as was being rumored then.

Sure enough, Singer rushed out with his threatening letter. The story was false and defamatory, Singer warned in the five-page letter. Singer noted that USA Today had refuted the article, and Schwarzenegger's Hollywood colleagues had come forward to defend the Terminator against false charges.

Thanks to Matt Potter for sending this along.

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SurfPuppy619 May 17, 2011 @ 9:57 p.m.

The Reader got a letter from Singer saying that Platinum might file a defamation suit "giving rise to potentially astronomical damages." Warned Singer, "You proceed at your peril."

"giving rise to potentially astronomical damages."

My GAWD!!! That is such an awesome thunderous claim, I am going to use it in future threat/demand letters....... "your conduct could result in "potentially astronomical damages"!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Everyone knows Singer is a gasbag full of hot air. If he sued the Reader on behalf of ClownHair he would get smacked back into the stone ages with an Anti-SLAPP defense.

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Don Bauder May 18, 2011 @ 5:20 a.m.

What was unusual in this case was that the ownership of a newspaper was threatening to sue another newspaper for wanting to use legally-protected, privileged material. Some First Amendment lawyers were surprised about that. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 May 17, 2011 @ 10:04 p.m.

Now, it turns out, back in 2001, a magazine had printed a story charging that Schwarzenegger was engaging in marital infidelity

Davis' aid was Gary South, a well known democrat stratigist, and he printed off hundreds of the Premier Magazine article and sent them out....it was a hsot across the bow!

Arnold the Barbarian - Premiere Magazine By John Connolly . http://www.slumdance.com/blogs/brian_flemming/archives/000300.html .

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Don Bauder May 18, 2011 @ 5:23 a.m.

Yes, it was Gary South who sent out copies of that magazine piece about Schwarzenegger's alleged infidelity. South didn't back down when Singer made his usual threats. At the time, Schwarzenegger was not yet a candidate to oust Gray Davis, but South correctly figured he would be. Best, Don Bauder

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Gail Powell May 18, 2011 @ 6:47 a.m.

The Curse of the Kennedy's strikes again! Poor Maria Shriver thought that she could beat that rap by moving out to sunny California and be free of the misfortune that dogs the Kennedy clan like a homeless man in OB demanding your change!

Sorry Maria, but ole Joe drove many a poor, hard scrabble family to alcoholism during Prohibition and the Depression. He sold moonshine cheap and hooked plenty on cheap hootch, and they later turned into raging alcoholics. He became a millionaire! Then these poor, desperate souls used what little money they had during that time on BOOZE not shoes for the kids, milk for the baby and rent. JOE KENNEDY RUINED MANY A POOR FAMILY STRUGGLING TO SURVIVE!

The Bible says you reap what you sow. Generations included.

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Don Bauder May 18, 2011 @ 12:05 p.m.

Joe Kennedy also had major ties to the mob -- mostly the Boston hoods sneaking hootch into the U.S. during Prohibition. Joe Kennedy was also a stock market manipulator. FDR named him head of the Securities and Exchange Commission. When told Kennedy was himself a securities crook, FDR threw back his head and laughed, "It takes one to catch one!" Joe's best-known male offspring -- Jack, Bobby and Ted -- were womanizers. Jack kept a mistress, supplied to him by a Chicago mobster, in the White House. Maria Shriver must have known all about this family history. Best, Don Bauder

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tomjohnston May 18, 2011 @ 1:27 p.m.

You forgot to mention that Joe Kennedy also bought the election for his son. In a sense, Maria Shriver is just following in Jackie Kennedy's shoes, so to speak. I'm sure she knew more than she let on as did Jackie. Joe Kennedy's father Patrick got the family started in the liquor business, after a fashion. His family were farmers, but he learned the trade of coopering, At some point he made it to Boston and a friend of his from Ireland got him a job at a brewery. And thus began the family association with alcohol. My paternal grandfather was born in southern Ireland, and his side of the family has been traced back in Ireland to the 1500's. At some point they were farmers in the same region as the Kennedy clan, though I don't know that they ever knew them.

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Don Bauder May 18, 2011 @ 2:44 p.m.

It has long been reported that the 1960 election was stolen in Chicago by Mayor Richard Daley, another Irishman with mob ties. I watched that campaign with interest, because I was a native Chicagoan who was in Wisconsin at the time of the primary between Kennedy and Hubert Humphrey. Kennedy's minions would go into heavily Roman Catholic precincts in Chicago and plant hit/hate pieces suggesting that Kennedy was beholden to the Pope. Rumors flew that Humphrey was responsible for the hate pieces, which of course he wasn't. This helped Kennedy solidify support in those Roman Catholic precincts throughout the state. His winning of that primary helped him sew up the nomination. Humphrey wouldn't speak to Kennedy for some time. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 May 18, 2011 @ 3:15 p.m.

It has long been reported that the 1960 election was stolen in Chicago by Mayor Richard Daley, another Irishman with mob ties.

The MOB in Chicago, a swing state, got the votes necessary to get JFK elected, so when Bobby went after organized crime the MOB was more than a little upset. Without the MOB JFK would nto have been elected.

As for JP Kennedy, he was a rum runner, running alcohol-a drug- durign prohibition. I have read somewhere he was ranked 8th (??) in the nation in wealth back then.

JP Kennedy-along with JP Morgan- was manipulating stocks, before that practice was outlawed.

JP Kennedy was also a major shareholder of the smallest of the 7 major movie studios, RKO Radio Pictures. They didn't really have alot of big hits, but they did have one of the best movies every made, of all time, the great "King Kong".

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Don Bauder May 18, 2011 @ 5:12 p.m.

It's amazing to think back on that 1960 election: Joe Kennedy's affiliation with the mob, and his background as a securities manipulator, were well known, but weren't mentioned. After son Jack was elected, his affair with Judith Exner, whom he kept in the White House, and his and Bobby's possible affairs with Marilyn Monroe, were kept quiet, even though the press knew about them. It's a big difference between then and today, when the major sins and peccadilloes become known immediately. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 May 18, 2011 @ 3:20 p.m.

Poor Maria Shriver thought that she could beat that rap by moving out to sunny California and be free of the misfortune that dogs the Kennedy clan like a homeless man in OB demanding your change!

AT least two of Maria's brothers are out here in So Cal.

One is a local city councilman, or something like that, or he was (Santa Monica???). He ran and won as I recall.

Robert Shriver has been out here a LONG time.

The Shrivers are, IMO, the best of the Kenndy clan, they have done far more for the poor, middle class and those less privledged than a guy like Ted Kenndy every did. Arnold has done a tremendous amount of work in the main Shrive cause-the Special Olympics.

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Don Bauder May 18, 2011 @ 5:14 p.m.

I would agree that the Shrivers have always shown more class than the Kennedys. Sergeant Shriver launched and headed the Peace Corps, Head Start, etc. Best, Don Bauder

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tomjohnston May 18, 2011 @ 11:20 p.m.

Bobby Shriver is actually the Mayor of Santa Monica. He won the election last year, Before that he had been on the city council for a few yrs. There was a nice piece written about him a few months ago. I hadn't realised that he is the only member of the Kennedy clan still in elected office. He's been in L.A. for a long time. I remember from his bio when he first ran for CC, that he was a reporter for the Herald Examiner before he went to law school, so that's quite a while ago. I'm pretty certain he and Maria are the only ones in Ca. One of the brothers lives in Florida and was/is considering running for gov. Another brother lives in the DC area and runs Save the Children back there and I know that the other one heads up the Special Olympics. I think Jean Kennedy Smith has done some valuable work as well.

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Don Bauder May 22, 2011 @ 7:46 p.m.

I didn't know about Bobby Shriver being mayor of Santa Monica. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 May 22, 2011 @ 9:48 p.m.

I didn't know about Bobby Shriver being mayor of Santa Monica

me neither-I knew he was a councilman some time ago, but not that he had become Mayor.

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Don Bauder May 23, 2011 @ 6:40 a.m.

Santa Monica politics are not on my radar screen. Best, Don Bauder

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tomjohnston May 23, 2011 @ 10:43 a.m.

We live about 30-45 minutes, or about 8 miles, from the SM Pier. We've spent a fair amount of time in SM over the past 30 yrs. SM politics is really not something I pay attention to, but Bobby Shriver has been involved with a lot of issues in L.A. over the years. He has done some good things so he has been talked about for a long tim, especially on the west side. I have heard him compared to Tom Hayden. Coincidentally, or not, for years we have been going to Patrick's Road at least once a week. We used to see Arnold there once in a while, pre-governator days. He had an area that was roped off and reserved just for him. I also read this morning that one of his Malibu neighbors, Jane Seymore, says that there are at least 2 more children that no one knows about yet. As Woody once said, "Wait, I have more." LOL

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Don Bauder May 18, 2011 @ 12:16 p.m.

NOTE: MEDIA REPORTS SAY THE LOVE CHILD IS NOW 13 YEARS OLD. This would suggest that when Martin Singer was screaming defamation about a report of the Terminator's infidelity in 2001, the out-of-wedlock hanky-panky was already old hat. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 May 18, 2011 @ 3:30 p.m.

Arnold had an unathuroized bio written about him by wendy leigh about 20 years ago and i read it when it came out, and he was a sexist pig if the bio is to be believed. Would make grossly inapropriate comments to women, as part of his "joking". He even made a very low class sexual joke to Rachel McLish at a BBing show many years ago. She was pretty mad. (. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jScnpw... .)

I read Arnold's first book "Education of a Bodybuilder" (first edition, autographed by Arnold himself!) when it first came out in the late 1970's-when Arnold was only known in the sub-culture of BBing, where he had a God liek status. The book is good stuff, the ego he has-and shows off constantly in the book- is close to Donald Trump's in size. In fact Arnold's ego is so large it is amazing his name is not "Narcissus".

What ClownHair has done to a great woman like Maria should be a crime. ClownHair will never recover.

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Don Bauder May 18, 2011 @ 5:25 p.m.

When he was campaigning against Gray Davis, the material about his groping and inappropriate treatment of women came through loud and clear. But I don't remember the infidelity material getting much, if any, emphasis in the media. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 May 18, 2011 @ 7:59 p.m.

Allegedly, Arnold's love child bears a striking resemblance to him.

TMZ said the teeth are dead on!

I feel for the kid, his life was normal for the first 14 years of his life, up until last Monday, now it is upside down and he is going on a journey that is not going to be healthy for him.

They interviewed the kids neigbor in Bakersfield today-she said the kid was super sweet, polite, overall wonderful kid-and now he has this. Shameful.

ClownHair was the BIGGEST mistake I ever made in politics-I fell for that dorks lines.

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Don Bauder May 18, 2011 @ 9:19 p.m.

Living in Bakersfield is bad enough in itself. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 18, 2011 @ 9:15 p.m.

Response to Mindy1114 at5:36 p.m.: I have seen pictures of the mother but not of the child. I would imagine that he is being protected. He is only 13. Best, Don Bauder

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SurfPuppy619 May 18, 2011 @ 10:32 p.m.

Publishing pics of a child who had no part in this fiasco would be an invasion of privacy and litigation would be a given.

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Don Bauder May 19, 2011 @ 6:29 a.m.

The mother had the pics on myspace? Really? Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 19, 2011 @ 6:27 a.m.

I agree. The child should be left alone. The gossip sheets should focus on Ah-nold. I hope the mother could be spared, too. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 18, 2011 @ 9:16 p.m.

Response to Railsplitter at 5:54 p.m. I think Eisenhower, who followed Truman, was a very good president. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 20, 2011 @ 7:31 a.m.

I-70 itself is an engineering marvel in several places. The scenery is beautiful, too. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 20, 2011 @ 7:24 a.m.

Eisenhower's election was a signal that the nation wanted tranquility, and that's what Ike delivered. He kept us out of any major war. His main achievement was building highways across the nation. But he was a steadying influence when that's exactly what the nation needed. You say Truman was never involved in a political scandal. Come now. He came out of the Boss Tom Pendergast regime in Missouri. He was intimately connected with the Pendergast mob. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 22, 2011 @ 7:43 p.m.

More than half a century ago, I read a book that linked Truman directly to the Boss Pendergast's machine. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 22, 2011 @ 7:51 p.m.

Truman was a good president but I wouldn't put him with Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. I'm not convinced he should have dropped the bomb on civilians. And he did it twice. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 23, 2011 @ 6:37 a.m.

My father hated FDR and Truman and, essentially, almost all Democrats. We owned a portion of a winery in upstate New York. It had stopped business during Prohibition. So Dad voted for Roosevelt in 1932. He always considered that vote his one venal sin -- a black mark he carried all his life. He was on LaSalle St. in Chicago and did take the winery public after Prohibition ended, but my family never made that much on the stock. The winery was eventually bought by Taylor Wine. Best, Don Bauder

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nan shartel May 19, 2011 @ 2:56 p.m.

The Reader Rules!!!!!

da Bauder kicks a$$!!!!

er um that's all i got..lol ;=D

and i feel mighty sorry for that 14 year old son

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Don Bauder May 20, 2011 @ 7:28 a.m.

You have a point, Railsplitter. This young man will be taken care of financially. Others in similar circumstances won't. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 20, 2011 @ 7:27 a.m.

Yes, I feel sorry for that boy whom Schwarzenegger fathered out of wedlock. It is not clear to me whether he is 13 or 14. He should be protected. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder May 20, 2011 @ 8:52 p.m.

I haven't had a chance to look at the article, but can say that every president makes mistakes -- choosing a path that seemed logical at the time, but in hindsight was wrong. And everybody else makes mistakes, too. Best, Don Bauder

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