Arnie puts acting comeback on hold
Arnold Schwarzenegger has put his movie comeback on hold as he deals with the fall-out from his affair with his housekeeper and prepares for what could be a costly divorce.
A statement from Schwarzenegger's office said the Terminator star has asked his talent agency to put all his motion picture projects that are under way or being negotiated on hold until further notice.
"Mr Schwarzenegger is focusing on personal matters and is not willing to commit to any production schedules or time-lines," the statement said. "This includes Cry Macho, the Terminator franchise and other projects under consideration. We will resume discussions when Mr Schwarzenegger decides."
The revelation that Schwarzenegger fathered a child with his housekeeper also set the stage for what could be a big-money divorce case.
His wife Maria Shriver, the Kennedy heiress and former network TV anchor, stands to cash in big time financially, according to several prominent divorce lawyers.
And although California is a no-fault divorce state, meaning her husband's acknowledged philandering technically cannot be used against him in court, the reality, lawyers say, is that it will be.
"Every judge would know about what happened and I think would hold it against him," said Robert Nachshin, who has represented the ex-wives of a who's who of entertainers that includes Will Smith, Rod Stewart, John Ritter and Eddie Vedder. "Judges are human beings, and Maria will definitely be the sympathetic spouse."
Based on his experience, Mr Nachshin said, Shriver should expect to receive at least 100,000 US dollars (£61,630) a month in spousal support and, with two children under the age of 18, probably 40,000 US dollars (£24,650) or more in child support.
Then there's the division of the couple's property, including the Brentwood mansion that Shriver and her children moved out of earlier this year when she learned of the affair.
Shriver won the sympathy vote when Schwarzenegger revealed publicly this week that he had fathered a 13-year-old son with a housekeeper who had worked for his family for 20 years. He had not told his wife about the boy until earlier this year.