Gubernator's latest woes
The Gubernator's sordid history may be finally catching up with him in the form of a libel lawsuit filed by British TV personality Anna Richardson. Richardson was one of the women who confirmed Arnie's inability to keep his wandering hands to himself. In her case, Schwarzenegger pulled Richardson on to his lap and allegedly pinched her nipples after an interview on her London set in 2000.
The response was immediate. SchwarzeneggerÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s team struck right back, "claiming that sheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢d hopped on his lap, seductively cupping her breasts and asking 'What do you think of these?'" Not a smart move since Richardson immediately filed suit in a British court, which is not as kind to libel defendants as the American legal system.
According to Radar Online, Mr. Muscles has been playing legal dodgeball ever since -- as in literally refusing to accept the service of legal papers for nearly a year:
Schwarzenegger has also tried to distance himself from the suit, saying Sheryl Main (the Columbia Tristar flack quoted in the L.A. Times story, now a member of the governorÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s communications team) and Sean Walsh (a former campaign spokesman, now director of the state Office of Planning and Research) were not acting with his knowledge or at his behest when they disseminated the slur. Our source says that, in papers filed in his defense, the governor has even denied any official connection to "Californians for Schwarzenegger," the nonprofit reelection committee that is paying the trioÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s legal fees. If thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the case, the governor may want to refresh his memory. According to municipal documents, Schwarzenegger owns Main Street Plaza, the Santa Monica building that houses the committeeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s headquarters.
In another curious passage in his defense papers, weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re told that Schwarzenegger "denies that he has a history of sexual misconduct Ã¢â‚¬Â¦ and the Claimant must prove the grounds on which she alleges that any such history is now admitted or well-documented or was at the time of his election campaign a matter of public knowledge." While the governor may somehow be under the impression that Brits can't read American publications, which have obsessively covered ArnoldÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s multiple groping allegations, the governor's own admission that "where there's smoke, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s fire" and that heÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s "behaved badly" towards women have been trumpeted by a dozen UK papers as well. [Radar Online]Literacy, it's a bitch.