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Shriver Seeks Divorce From Ex-California Governor Schwarzenegger

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Arnold Schwarzenegger, seen here as governor of California, and his wife Maria Shriver arrive at the White House for the 2009 Governor's Dinner in Washington, D.C. Photographer: /AFP/Getty Images

July 2 (Bloomberg) -- Maria Shriver filed for divorce from former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger after 25 years, following his admission this year that he fathered a child with a family housekeeper.

Shriver, who gave up her career as a newscaster when Schwarzenegger entered politics, cited irreconcilable differences in a petition filed in Los Angeles Superior Court yesterday.

Matthew DiGirolamo, a spokesman for Shriver, said she had no comment. Daniel Ketchell, a spokesman for the former governor, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Shriver, 55, announced on May 9 that she had separated from Schwarzenegger, a movie star and onetime Mr. Universe. A week later, the Los Angeles Times reported that Schwarzenegger, 63, had fathered a child with the family’s former housekeeper.

“After leaving the governor’s office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,” Schwarzenegger said in a statement then. “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.”

Schwarzenegger, who campaigned for governor saying he would tear up the state’s credit card and later almost tripled California’s debt, put several entertainment projects on hold May 19, including “Cry Macho,” a film by Albert Ruddy, producer of “The Godfather.”

Schwarzenegger’s lawyer, Patrick Knapp, said in a statement then that the former governor was “focusing on personal matters.”

Last month he spoke about environmental issues at an energy conference sponsored by the United Nations in Vienna, according to a video of the speech on YouTube.

Shriver said on her website that she would be in Greece for the Special Olympics World Summer Games, which end July 4. Her mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, founded the organization, a sports competition for children and adults with intellectual disabilities.

To contact the reporters on this story: Christopher Palmeri in Los Angeles at; Edvard Pettersson in Los Angeles at

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Anthony Palazzo at

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