October 2, 2003

Half Hours on Earth, What are They Worth

Well, for Arnold Schwarzenegger, a comment about a half hours worth of pleasure may just cost him the job he is seeking.

The Los Angeles Times today published this article in which "Six women who came into contact with Arnold Schwarzenegger on movie sets, in studio offices and in other settings over the last three decades say he touched them in a sexual manner without their consent."

"The earliest incident of the six described to the Times was said to have occurred in 1975 at Gold's Gym near Venice Beach, Calif. E. Laine Stockton, then newly married to professional bodybuilder Robby Robinson, said she had come to the gym to watch her husband work out.

"Stockton was 19 at the time. She said she was wearing slacks, tennis shoes and a loose-fitting T-shirt. She said she was not wearing a bra.

"As she sat on an exercise bench, Stockton said, Schwarzenegger walked up behind her, reached his left hand under her T-shirt and touched her bare left breast.

"'The gym is full of bodybuilders and Arnold comes and he gropes my breast -- actually touches my breast with his left hand,' she said.

"She said Schwarzenegger then walked away without comment."
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"The next incident described to the Times was said to have occurred in 1980. A former pro beach volleyball player said Schwarzenegger touched her breast on a Santa Monica, Calif., street.

"The woman remembered walking down 19th Street, just off Wilshire Boulevard, when Schwarzenegger spotted her and got out of his car, the motor still running.

"'Come here,' she recalled Schwarzenegger saying, as he motioned with his finger to the woman, then 22.

"The two knew each other. She worked as a waitress at Fromin's deli, she said, a place Schwarzenegger frequented. One day, she recalled, Schwarzenegger asked her when she was going on break. 'We could have a lot of fun in half an hour,' she remembered him saying. She said she was both a little scared and a little flattered. 'I can't say I wasn't flattered. Arnold invited me to his apartment.' She said she declined his invitation.

"Schwarzenegger renewed his invitation, she said, when he spotted her playing in a women's volleyball tournament at Venice Beach. 'After the game, he came up to me and said, 'Now you will come to my apartment.' He didn't want to hear no.' The woman said she told him, 'It's not going to happen.'

"This time, she said, as she walked along 19th Street, Schwarzenegger conveyed a sense of urgency: 'Come close, it's very important.' As she drew nearer to hear what he had to say, she recounted, Schwarzenegger 'grabbed and squeezed' her left breast.

British television host Anna Richardson said:

"'He was already kind of hyped up. He kept looking at my breasts, kept asking if I worked out,' she said. 'I went to shake his hand and he grabbed me onto his knee and he said, 'Before you go, I want to know if your breasts are real.' "

'Richardson, then 29, said she replied that her breasts were real. She said she looked around for help from the other people in the room, but nobody came to her assistance. 'At that point, he circled my left nipple with his finger and he said, 'Yes, they are real.' She said he then let her go.
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"A member a movie crew said Schwarzenegger was sitting in a director's chair, surrounded by three or four other men, waiting for filming to start. It was either late afternoon or early evening, she said.

"'I was walking on the set and Arnold called out, 'Come here, you sexy devil,' and reached out and pulled me on to his lap,' the woman recalled.

"She said he then whispered in her ear: 'Have you ever had a man slide his tongue in your ass?'

"Young and unsure of herself, the woman said, 'I didn't know how to react. It was bizarre. What he said was so specifically sexual, it was bizarre.'

"'I remember looking around and seeing this bank of smiling faces and feeling alone,'" she continued. The men standing at Schwarzenegger's side, she said, 'were in total support mode -- of him, not me. It was kind of like everything he did was OK, and isn't it funny and isn't it swell? It was like they were proud of him . . . Nobody said, 'What are you doing? Leave her alone.' "

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