After announcing his separation from wife Maria Shriver this week, a woman has alleged she was just one of many mistresses that shattered Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 25-year marriage. The 63-year-old Terminator actor denies an affair with Gigi Goyette, but the 52-year-old woman has said: ‘There were so many other women. About 13 have come out of the woodwork.’ She claims she met Schwarzenegger in 1975, when she was a 16-year-old child actress on Little House On The Prairie.
Gigi claims that she slept with the star once in that year but did not see him again until 1989, during which year they began their alleged fling – three years after Schwarzenegger married Shriver, 55. But Gigi told the Daily Mirror: ‘I don’t think I had anything to do with the break-up of his marriage.’
Goyette, who is now an estate agent in Malibu, told the tabloid: ‘Maria Shriver is a Kennedy so I think that, like a good Kennedy, she decided to ignore what was happening.’ Gigi also claims she spoke to Schwarzenegger on Wednesday, after he announced the split from Shriver. She said: ‘He was lovely. He asked me how I was doing. We had a really nice conversation. It felt like old times.’ Reports of the former child actress having an alleged affair with Schwarzenegger first surfaced in 2001.
And in 2005, The Los Angeles Times reported that two days after Schwarzenegger announced his campaign for governor in August 2003, American Media had paid Gigi $20,000 to keep silent about her relationship with him. Also in 2003, Schwarzenegger's campaign was rocked by the 'Gropegate' scandal - allegations from six women who said he had groped them on movie sets, in studio offices and in other settings over the past three decades, without their consent.
In a series of interviews with the Los Angeles Times, three of the women claimed Schwarzenegger grabbed their breasts, while a fourth said he reached under her skirt and touched her buttocks. A fifth woman said Schwarzenegger groped her and tried to remove her bathing suit in a hotel elevator and a sixth accused him of pulling her onto his lap and asking if a certain sexual act had ever been performed on her.
Schwarzenegger's campaign spokesman, Sean Walsh, immediately responded by saying the allegations were untrue, and insisted they were part of an effort to undermine the Republican. A 1977 magazine interview also surfaced in which he discussed attending orgies and using marijuana. Schwarzenegger admitted he ‘behaved badly sometimes,’ adding an apology, saying: ‘I have done things that were not right, which I thought then was playful.’
Meanwhile, the Predator star was spotted riding his bike around Santa Monica yesterday without his wedding ring. The former California governor thanked friends and family for an outpouring of support this week and speaking on Tuesday night at a Los Angeles event, he said he and his wife ‘both love each other very much’ and ‘are taking one day at a time’. The two issued a joint statement on Monday saying that they were living apart as they work on the future of their relationship and continue to parent their four children.
In his speech Schwarzenegger said: 'I want to take a moment and thank our many friends and family for the tremendous amount of support and love that you have given us in the last 24 hours.
'I just spoke to Maria an hour ago before I came here. 'We both were saying the same thing - we're extremely blessed to be surrounded by so many wonderful people, by so many wonderful friends. ‘We both love each other very much. We're very fortunate to have four extraordinary children. And we're taking it one day at a time.
'The bottom line is we want to thank all the people for their great, great support.'
Since news of his separation from 55-year-old Shriver, sources have claimed it was a long time coming. It is claimed she was 'miserable' in her marriage for several years and had complained about her actor husband's ego.
The couple have four children together, aged 14 to 21, and their son Patrick,17, thanked his Twitter followers this week for their kind words.
He wrote: 'Appreciate all your messages. Small speed bump in life, luckily we own hummers, we will cruise right over it. All will be okay. #peace.' The couple's joint statement said: 'This has been a time of great personal and professional transition for each of us.
'After a great deal of thought, reflection, discussion and prayer, we came to this decision together. 'At this time, we are living apart while we work on the future of our relationship.' ‘We are continuing to parent our four children together. They are the light and the center of both of our lives. 'We consider this a private matter and neither we nor any of our friends or family will have further comment. We ask for compassion and respect from the media and the public.’