Arnold Schwarzenegger has admitted he fathered a child - more than a decade ago - with a household employee. The woman worked for the Schwarzenegger family for 20 years and retired earlier this year.

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STATEMENT FROM ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER

"After leaving the Governor's office I told my wife about this event, which occurred over a decade ago,"  "I understand and deserve the feelings of anger and disappointment among my friends and family. 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." "I ask that the media respect my wife and children through this extremely difficult time,"  "While I deserve your attention and criticism, my family does not."

STATEMENT FROM MARIA SHRIVER

"This is a painful and heartbreaking time. 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. I will have no further comment."