News of Arnold Schwarzenegger having fathered a child with a member of his household staff more than a decade ago shouldn't come as a surprise. The alleged existence of an out-of-wedlock son, including his name and his mother's name, was reported by the London Daily Mail in 2003. That's him playing high school football...
...I just heard from Wendy Leigh, the Schwarzenegger biographer and Daily Mail reporter who broke the love-child story in 2003, and she believes that today's revelations might be about a second love-child. "I'm hearing that this is a different child," she says. "Which means there are two." Leigh stands by her 2003 account Schwarzenegger being the father of Tanner Tousignant, but if what she's hearing today pans out, then Schwarzenegger's statement today wasn't about Tanner. So while he's still a Schwarzenegger love-child, he's not the latest Schwarzenegger love-child.
The boy, Tanner Tousignant, graduated from Brea Olinda High School in Brea, Calif., last year, according to his Facebook profile. His mother, Tammy Tousignant, served as a stewardess on Schwarzenegger's private jet for 20 years. In a story that's no longer online, the Daily Mail's Wendy Leigh outed her as the mother of Schwarzenegger's child just days before the special election that swept him into the governor's office...
Tammy was in her late 20s when Schwarzenegger first strode on to the chartered private plane on which she was flight attendant. He was instantly beguiled by her, and soon, according to several sources, they became romantically involved.
'Everyone knew that she was Arnold's lover - everyone,' said a source who is employed in the tightly-knit circle of the California charter-jet business.
Tammy would fly all over America with Arnold - to Colorado, to Sun Valley - and as soon as the plane landed anywhere, she would disembark with him, climb into his limousine and drive off with him, leaving the crew watching... According to one of Tammy's colleagues, Kristin Campbell, she routinely boasted that 'her baby was Arnold's'. The same claim has been made by two other women who knew Tammy well...
...The Times story originally reported that the anonymous child bore the same distinctive name as one of Schwarzenegger's film characters (that detail has apparently been scrubbed from the current version online); "Tanner" was the name of Schwarzenegger's character in Total Recall. (Even more odd, his brother is named Connor, which is the name of the name of the hero in the Terminator series.)
All that said, the impeccably-sourced Huffington Post (heh!) says that Gawker's story is bunk.
Tousignant's attorney Thomas E. Anthony told RadarOnline.com Tuesday that a paternity test had been conducted and Schwarzenegger was not the father of her child.
“I will confirm the following: the Tousignant child was no ‘love child’ involving anyone other than the parents of the child, Tammy and her husband, Tom Tousignant. Arnold Schwarzenegger was not the biological father of the Tousignant child. All scientific tests confirmed that Mr. Tousignant was the biological father of the child," said Anthony, who represented Tousignant in 2003.
Update 05/18/2011 05:58:
The woman behind the latest Arnold Schwarzenegger-Maria Shriver marriage drama has been identified as Mildred Patricia Baena, 50, by celebrity news website TMZ.com...
Baena, a housekeeper, is reported to have given birth to a boy fathered by the former Californian governor about a decade ago, according to the website. She worked at her $1,200-a-week job, which included cooking, cleaning and laundry, for 20 years until her retirement in January.
Schwarzenegger, who completed his second term as governor earlier this year, is believed to have been supporting the unidentified boy financially since his birth... TMZ.com has also claimed that Schwarzenegger used his Santa Monica office for meetings with a series of women, around five to seven years ago.
Update: Current News has several interesting photos alleged to be the "love child" and Mom.
Update 05/19/2011 20:19: Betty offers this unique snapshot of one of Ahnold's other love children, who she names the "Hasta la vista baby".
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