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$480m divorce looms for Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver

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Georgina Robinson

Set to split ... Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver.

Set to split ... Arnold Schwarzenegger and wife Maria Shriver. Photo: Getty Images

Maria Shriver has reportedly had another meeting with her high profile divorce lawyer, fuelling expectations she will file by the end of the week for divorce from her husband of 25 years, Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Laura Wasser met with Shriver at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills, California - where the former journalist is staying - for a morning meeting on Thursday, celebrity news website TMZ.com reported.

Ms Wasser represented Robyn Moore during her divorce from Mel Gibson, as well as Angelina Jolie, Ryan Reynolds, Spike Jonze and Britney Spears.

Love-child ... Mildred Patricia Baena admitted to an affair with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Love-child ... Mildred Patricia Baena admitted to an affair with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The visit comes as tabloid reports swirl with speculation about the size of the settlement Shriver may seek, rumours of criminal investigations into Schwarzenegger's behaviour, and further allegations of infidelity.

London's Evening Standard speculated that Shriver, 55, could seek a $238 million slice of the former power couple's estimated $477 million fortune.

"While it is believed that the couple signed a pre-nuptial agreement, Shriver may challenge it in the light of her husband's infidelity and length of their marriage," the Standard reported.

Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver. Click for more photos

Arnie and Maria over the years

Before they split, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver had one of the longest standing marriages in Hollywood. 

"Instead, they would then have to split their net worth, in line with Californian law."

The couple, who have four children together, announced their amicable separation on May 9.

Less than a week later the Los Angeles Times reported that Schwarzenegger, 63, fathered a child with the family's housekeeper, Mildred "Patty" Baena, 14 years ago.

Shriver described the revelation as "painful and heartbreaking".

"As a mother my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal," she said in a statement on May 17.

"I will have no further comment."

Since then a flood of salacious rumour and speculation has made it on to the news and web pages of news media around the world.

Most recently the National Enquirer ran a story featuring a William Taylor, who claimed to have been head of security at a hotel to which Schwarzenegger brought multitudes of young women.

"On three different occasions after the governor arrived alone at the Hyatt Regency, CHP Dignitary Protection Services arrived in their official vehicles - black Ford Crown Sedans - about one to two hours later with one or two young female adults," Taylor told the Enquirer, in comments reproduced in the Daily Mail.

"They'd 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 women looked between 18- to 25-years-old, blonde and scantily dressed in club wear."

That bombshell was quickly followed by a report the California Attorney General's office was mulling an inquiry into the former governor's use of state resources.

"The Attorney General's office told RadarOnline.com 'there will be no comment' about the probe, a criminal matter, however multiple department sources have confirmed the decision," the celebrity news website reported on Thursday.

The San Francisco Chronicle has cast doubt on both reports, quoting the Hyatt Regency's general manager saying a "William Taylor" had never worked at the Sacramento hotel.

The Chronicle also reported it had confirmed with "multiple sources" within the Attorney General's office that no investigation into Schwarzenegger's extra-curricular exploits existed.

Earlier in the week, the ex-husband of Schwarzenegger's former housekeeper Baena gave an emotional television interview in America.

He told Entertainment Tonight that Schwarzenegger was a "hero" of his and he felt betrayed by both people.

Ms Baena's legal team has strenuously denied most claims made in the interview, reportedly saying that Mr Baena knew all along that he did not father the boy.

And the actress Jane Seymour, who said she had heard of at least two more children that Schwarzenegger had fathered with different women, has since said she was misquoted and regretted making the comments.

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51 comments

  • Poor guy. When you make a film-actor California state governor, what do you expect? I mean, just look at Reagan?

    Do you really think that his wife didn't know all this stuff for all those years?

    What do these people expect from an alpha male?

    Do you expect him to behave like a hairdresser/companion/spouse?

    Give us a break, Arnold is a great actor. Let's leave it at that.

    Commenter
    Alfred
    Location
    Melbourne
    Date and time
    May 27, 2011, 11:08AM
    • By Crom, these wenches shall be the end of him.

      Commenter
      rl
      Location
      sydney
      Date and time
      May 27, 2011, 11:19AM
      • It would seem that pre-nups aren't worth the paper they are written on. What's the point of having one if they get challenged and overturned all the time.
        Last time I checked, people get divorced because they no longer wanted to be with each other. Infidelity is quite common in such situations. Unless it was explicitly written into the pre-nup that infidelity on his part would make it null and void, the agreement should still stand.

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        Gilly
        Location
        Melbourne
        Date and time
        May 27, 2011, 11:28AM
        • Alfred @ 11.08am

          Rather than blaming his wife for being gullible and niave for marrying him, you could just as well blame Arnold who, as an "Alpha Male", decided to married in the first place, when his basic compulsion was to bed everything in sight. Noboby had a gun to his head. As an actor, he could have lived the live of a bachelor, impregnating women at will. And who would have cared?

          But oh yes, he needed a wife, family and the respectibility that they bring in order to run as the Republican candidate for the governorship of California.

          Apparently, to him women are either *fronts* for respectibility or sexually available whenever he gets an itch.

          Commenter
          Bug
          Location
          Melbourne
          Date and time
          May 27, 2011, 11:46AM
          • I agree with the comments.
            What the hell is the point of a pre-nup if you can just get it invalidated by saying things like that. Infidelity was the cause of the divorce, it should not be the reason why she now gets to gouge half of arnie's money.

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            eris
            Location
            Sydney
            Date and time
            May 27, 2011, 11:48AM
            • Why is it that Arnie is positioned as losing $480M, or having to pay. The article equally could have said Maria is losing the same.
              The assets involved belong to the both of them in a 25 year marriage to which they both contributed financially and non-financially. They are splitting their joint assets. They are not *his* in the first place.

              Commenter
              Bluebottle
              Location
              Melbourne
              Date and time
              May 27, 2011, 11:53AM
              • Arnie, you are terminated !! :)

                Commenter
                Bodhidharma
                Location
                Mascot
                Date and time
                May 27, 2011, 12:00PM
                • What Maria Shriver is really asking for is,"I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to screw Arnie for half of his wealth".

                  Commenter
                  Peter
                  Location
                  Sydney
                  Date and time
                  May 27, 2011, 12:00PM
                  • @ Bluebottle - Arnie is the bread winner, the assets are his. His money, his properties. Haven't you seen the big bucks he earns from all his movies???? Tell me how much money has Maria earned?

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                    Peter
                    Location
                    Sydney
                    Date and time
                    May 27, 2011, 12:06PM
                    • I love it. I hope she takes him to the cleaners. I am really over society holding these men in high esteem.

                      And @Alfred -
                      "Do you expect him to behave like a hairdresser/companion/spouse?"
                      Um, yes, I would assume when you marry someone you would expect them to behave in a manner that suggests they do want to remain exclusive to you.

                      Commenter
                      Chris
                      Location
                      Kensington
                      Date and time
                      May 27, 2011, 12:09PM

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