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"But if the cause be not good, the king himself hath a heavy reckoning to make, when all those legs and arms and heads, chopped off in battle, shall join together at the latter day and cry all 'We died at such a place;' some swearing, some crying for a surgeon, some upon their wives left poor behind them, some upon the debts they owe, some upon their children rawly left. I am afeard there are few die well that die in a battle; for how can they charitably dispose of any thing, when blood is their argument? Now, if these men do not die well, it will be a black matter for the king that led them to it; whom to disobey were against all proportion of subjection." (Henry V, Act V, Scene 4)

Sunday, August 14, 2005

Actress Paid Not to Talk of Schwarzenegger Affair

Actress Paid Not to Talk of Schwarzenegger Affair
Publisher of Tabloids, Bodybuilding Magazines Gave Woman $20,000 After Actor Joined Governor's Race

By Amy Argetsinger
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 13, 2005; Page A02

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 12 -- Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, already facing plummeting approval ratings and questions about his business dealings, took another hit Friday with a report that a tabloid publisher with close ties to the former movie star paid an alleged paramour of his $20,000 not to discuss their relationship.

The August 2003 confidentiality agreement between American Media Inc. -- publisher of the National Enquirer, Globe and Star -- and bit-part actress Gigi Goyette was reached two days after Schwarzenegger announced his candidacy for governor, and seven months before he signed on as an editor for two bodybuilding magazines owned by the company.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (R) had close ties to the publisher. (By Nick Ut -- Associated Press)
Details of the agreement -- in which Goyette agreed not to share her story with anyone outside American Media -- were reported in a front-page story in the Los Angeles Times on Friday, though the deal was first described in an opinion piece published by freelance journalist Laurence Leamer in the same newpaper more than a month ago.

The governor's office would not comment Friday, other than to refer to comments Schwarzenegger's spokesman Rob Stutzman gave the Times saying he did not believe the governor knew of the deal.

Stutzman added that Schwarzenegger's dealings with American Media had no connection to the company's "business of purchasing the rights to stories."

"That's what they do," he said. "Obviously, part of their business is the tabloid business."

Stu Zakim, a spokesman for American Media, said, "We're not commenting at all." A message left on Goyette's answering machine was not returned. Neither were messages left at a number the California Bar Association listed for her attorney, Charlotte Hassett.

Ethics-in-government experts and political observers said the deal almost certainly did not violate any laws but that it created the appearance of a conflict that could hurt Schwarzenegger's reputation at a time when he is relying on his own personal popularity to advance his political agenda against growing opposition across California.


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