Yesterday, The Los Angeles Times gave us several details about the woman with whom Arnold Schwarzenegger fathered a child while he was married to Maria Shriver. We know that the child is more than 10-years-old since this all went down “over a decade ago.” We know that the mother worked for Arnold and Maria for 20 years and retired sometime in 2011. Gawker eked ahead in the race to identify this former Schwarzenegger staff member yesterday when they claimed she was Tammy Tousignant, a flight attendant on Arnold’s private jet for many years. (Could Arnold be a member of the Mile High Club?) Apparently, the Daily Mail UK broke this story … way back in 2003, before Arnold was voted into the California governor’s mansion. Reporter Mary Leigh wrote eight years ago:
“Schwarzenegger is facing new and damaging claims that he also cheated on Maria with a voluptuous California blonde named Tammy Baker Tousignant. Tammy was in her late 20s when Schwarzenegger first strode on to the chartered private plane on which she was flight attendant. He was instantly beguiled by her, and soon, according to several sources, they became romantically involved. ‘Everyone knew that she was Arnold’s lover—everyone,’ said a source.”
According to the story, three sources claim that Tammy bragged about her son, Tanner—who conveniently bares the name of Arnold’s character in “Total Recall” and is now in college and—being Arnold’s.
Buuuuut, there’s a problem.Tammy only worked for Arnold for 11 years. And according to Leigh’s story, she was fired in the late 1990s when Maria allegedly got wind of the affair. Not to mention that Tammy herself has vehemently denied having an affair with Arnold. And Tanner, when contacted by Gawker yesterday, wrote, “I’m not his son…. don’t waist [sic] your time. it was just a stupid story made up 8 years ago.”
Meanwhile, Radar and TMZ have identified an entirely different woman as the one Arnold had a love child with.
Radar’s sources say that Mildred Patricia Baena, who goes by the nickname Patty, is the woman Arnold referred to in his statement to The LA Times. Baena was the couple’s housekeeper and, according to sources, fits the bill of having worked for them for 20 years, retiring in January. She also has a son who is 14 years old, who hasn’t be identified by name because he is a minor. “She’s the one,” one source said. “They have a son together,” said another.
TMZ has run an image of Patty and her son. Their sources say she began to “pursue Arnold” in the late ’90s and, allegedly, she talked to a friend about having unprotected sex with Arnold in the house. Supposedly, she didn’t tell Arnold the boy was his until he was a toddler.
Mary Leigh, that reporter who wrote the Daily Mail story in 2003 and who went on to work on a biography of Arnold, stands by her original Tanner Tousignant claim. She says she believes that Arnie might have fathered two love children, with both of these women.