The detective’s job will to be find out whether Schwarzenegger has hidden any money — or any other children
Arnold Schwarzenegger's remaining secrets — if there are any — are almost certain to be revealed in the coming months.
Laura Wasser, the family law attorney who now represents the former governor's estranged wife, Maria Shriver, is having a private investigator examine Schwarzenegger's financial and other affairs, Radar Online reported Tuesday.
There's plenty of stuff for the investigator — or investigators — to look into. Since Schwarzenegger admitted last week that he fathered a child with his maid, there has been a swirl of reports of other women and other children.
And the couple apparently kept some of their finances separate — which enabled the former muscleman to keep his admitted love child secret from his wife of nearly 25 years.
Some observers believe the question is not if there are other out-of-wedlock children, but how many. A Schwarzenegger biographer asserted to TheWrap on Monday that "there will be a plethora of women coming out of the woodwork shortly to allege their affairs with Arnold and to allege that they had children with Arnold."
Ian Halperin, author of "The Governator," said he interviewed some 700 people for the book.
It's not uncommon for divorce lawyers to hire investigators. In this case, Loyola Marymount law professor Charlotte Goldberg said, the detective will likely spend more time doing forensic accounting work than focusing on lurid personal details.
"The main reason for a private detective or a private investigator is to find out about the money — where it was going," she said. "He was hiding this whole relationship, so is he also hiding some of the money?"
Not that the lurid won't come out.
If the detective finds damning — or embarrassing — information about Schwarzenegger, it will give Shriver leverage in demanding a divorce settlement favorable to her.
"If he wants to avoid even more publicity and she has information of, let's say, other affairs he has had with other women that he hasn't just groped … that would be very powerful information," Goldberg said. "Both lawyers in this case might push for a settlement, especially when I would think that they don't want their children to be exposed to the whole media circus that can surround high-profile celebrity divorces."
Problem is, she said, divorces are, by nature, emotional.
"Feelings of hurt are often translated into battles over community property," she said. "We certainly have seen that in the McCourt case."
Wasser did not return a telephone call seeking comment.