Maria Shriver hires A-list lawyer for the divorce battle that could cost Arnold Schwarzenegger $400 million!
This makes Tiger”s divorce look like a bargain! Schwarzenegger split set to cost Arnold $400m as Shriver hires A-list lawyer
2:30 PM on 21st May 2011
Arnold Schwarzenegger is not only facing public humiliation over his scandalous extra-marital affair, but his upcoming divorce could also cost him a whopping $400 million (246 million).
Maria Shriver separated from the former California Governor after learning that he had fathered a child, now 14, with a staff member from their family home and keeping the secret for 10 years.
And after hiring A-list lawyer Laura Wasser, Arnie’s wife is expected to walk away with a huge proportion of the couple’s estimated fortune of between $200 million and $400 million, despite having an apparent prenuptial agreement, The Times reported.
That”s four times the settlement won by Elin Nordegren, the former wife of Tiger Woods, who walked away with a $100million settlement.
Divorce battle: Maria Shriver is believed to have hired leading Hollywood Divorce lawyer, Laura Wasser, to represent her against Arnie
Although the couple are thought to have a prenuptial agreement, it is unclear how it would hold up in court after 25 years of marriage and under the circumstances of their separation.
Laura Wasser is one of Hollywood’s leading divorce lawyers and her past clients include Britney Spears and Angelina Jolie. She is currently representing Mel Gibson’s wife Robyn Moore.
Her father Dennis Wasser, also a leading divorce lawyer, has represented Tom Cruise and Steven Spielberg in the past, among other high profile clients.
And to cement her legal status, Laura’s father even gave her the middle initial ‘A’ so that her initials spell LAW.
Although details of Schwarzenegger and Shriver’s wealth are not know publicly, under Californian law they would have to split their fortune equally in the absence of a valid prenup.
A-list lawyer: Laura Wasser pictured in 2007, while representing Britney Spears in her divorce battle with Kevin Federline in Los Angeles
The separation came after it was revealed Schwarzenegger, 63, fathered a son with his former housekeeper Mildred Baena, 50, with whom he had unprotected sex in his marital home.
Baena apparently told a friend that Schwarzenegger was very “grabby” with her around the house, and that she enjoyed it.
Nora Montes, whose daughter was married to Baena”s eldest son until 2009, told the New York Daily News: “Mildred said he had long hands. He would grab her behind often.
“She liked the attention.”
Schwarzenegger is said to have showered his lovechild with gifts, and even took him on holiday with his wife and children to Maria Shriver.
Arnold is said to have given the 14-year-old boy Joseph a pass to Universal Studios and was godfather to the boy’s older brother Roger.
Embarrassment: Schwarzenegger, 63, fathered a son with his former housekeeper Mildred Baena, 50
Baena’s former daughter-in-law, Nora Vela, told the New York Post: ‘We thought it was strange that he was so lavish with them. Roger and [Mildred’s son with Arnold] would get all of these gifts and then they would go on vacations with Arnold, Maria and their kids.’
It also emerged yesterday that Schwarzenegger made a $65,000 (39,000) down payment on a house for the former housekeeper less than a year ago.
The upheaval in his personal life has also meant the Terminator star has postponed his film comeback, which was set to see him in a new drama titled Cry Macho.
He was reportedly expected to earn $12.5 million for the drama, which was scheduled to begin filming in August.
An animated series starring Arnold Schwarzenegger as a superhero is also officially on hold.
Thecompanies behind The Governator say they have stopped working on the budding franchise that Schwarzenegger helped announce to much fanfare inCannes, France, last month.
A Squared Entertainment, POW, Stan Lee Comics and Archie Comics have not said when or if production on the planned TV series, comic book, movie and video game will resume.
Schwarzeneggersaid on Thursday that he was postponing his movie projects after acknowledging earlier this week that he fathered the child out of wedlock more than a decade ago and neglected to tell his wife until thisyear.
The former movie star and bodybuilder was also apparently in talks for more Terminator sequels before news broke of his affair.
ButHollywood insiders believe his dream of a film comeback may not be completely shattered, as his fan base was mainly built around male audiences, who enjoyed his action roles.
But even high profile celebrities are commenting on the seriousness of Arnie’s behaviour, with politician Sarah Palin branding him ‘disgusting’ and irresponsible’.
Fellow Republican Mrs Palin said to a television reporter on the Fox Business channel: ‘I feel so bad for his children.
‘Itmust be quite embarrassing for them, and, you know, it’s an irresponsible and really a pretty disgusting thing that he did, pretty much denying that he had a child for 10 years.
‘That’s how I look at it. It speaks to his character. It’s sad.’
Meanwhile,further reports of other extra-marital affairs have been claimed, including Little House on the Prairie actress Gigi Goyette Jeffers saying she slept with the star when she was just 16.
Family: Mildred “Patty” Baena is pictured with the 13-year-old boy, whose identity is being protected, fathered by Schwarzenegger
Gigi went on to claim that she and Schwarzenegger sparked up an affair years later, after he married Shriver and had sex in a hotel where Maria was staying on the same floor in 1989, according to the Daily Express.
The former child actress alleges they were locked in a secret affair for seven years.
Now a string of other women have started make claims of affairs with the star and of more possible love children.
The Daily Mirror reported that another woman has contacted a lawyer claiming he is the father of her daughter and has asked for a DNA test to prove paternity.
The unnamed woman, 63, apparently claims she met the star eight years ago and had a brief fling with him.
Amidst the scandal: Maria Shriver took her son and daughter out for lunch this week to keep their spirits high during the difficult time
Reports have also emerged that the Predator actor would grope the mother and sister of his housekeeper Mildred Baena.
He had employed both Miriam Baena, 48, and their mother Evelyn, now 76, as housekeepers too and a source told The Sun: ‘He would touch all their backsides while they were doing the housework.
‘He flirted with all of them, even the mother who would have been much older than him.’
Schwarzenegger and Shriver have four children together, Katherine, 21, Christina, 19, Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 12.
Happier times: The Schwarzenegger family in 2006, where he poses with wife Maria Shriver and children Christopher, Patrick, Katherine and Christina in Los Angeles at the premiere of The Benchwarmers
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