EDITOR'S NOTE: The Associated Press has not reported the name of Arnold Schwarzenegger's mistress, because the parties involved haven't publicly confirmed her identity. Eyewitness News has been reporting the name, first reported by TMZ, since Tuesday night. The below report contains Eyewitness News edits that include the alleged name of the mistress.
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — The revelation that Arnold Schwarzenegger has an out-of-wedlock child with a former employee turned into a tabloid frenzy Wednesday as scores of reporters and photographers swarmed a quiet suburban cul-de-sac in northwest Bakersfield amid unconfirmed reports it was the home of the child's mother.
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The woman was not at the home when the flash mob showed up, its satellite TV trucks filling her quiet Bakersfield street and spilling onto another one. The media descended after the woman's name surfaced in several Internet reports.
Celebrity media outlet TMZ broke the story of the woman's identity Tuesday night, citing unnamed sources that she was Mildred Patricia Baena, and goes by Patty. A slew of other media outlets, including Eyewitness News, subsequently reported the alleged mistress' name.
Eyewitness News conducted a search of public records that night and found that Baena lives in northwest Bakersfield, in a neighborhood off Noriega Road and Jewetta Avenue.
Adam Mendelsohn, a Schwarzenegger spokesman, declined to confirm or deny if the Bakersfield woman was indeed the mother of the child Schwarzenegger has acknowledged fathering.
Residents of the street of fashionable, relatively new homes sporting red-tile roofs and two- and three-car garages said they didn't know if the woman's son was fathered by Schwarzenegger. But a next-door neighbor, Marilyn Steelman, told The Associated Press that after moving into the neighborhood about a year ago, the family told her the woman worked for Schwarzenegger and was planning on retiring soon.
Steelman said the real estate agent who sold the family the house told her Schwarzenegger was actually the buyer.
"She said the house was sold and Arnold was buying it for one of his staff that was retiring," Steelman recalled.
Real estate records at the county assessor's office make no mention of Schwarzenegger's name.
The Los Angeles Times, which first reported Schwarzenegger had fathered a child with a longtime family employee, has not named the woman but has said she retired in January after working for the former governor and his family for 20 years.
Celebrity gossip website Radar Online reported Wednesday that Baena had threatened to go public with their affair after Schwarzenegger fired her in an effort to save his crumbling marriage, but other media outlets, such as The Los Angeles Time, are reporting that Baena simply retired.
Schwarzenegger, who recently separated with his wife, Kennedy family heiress and former network journalist Maria Shriver, acknowledged Monday that he fathered a child with a former employee more than a decade ago.
He and his aides have declined to release her name or any details beyond a statement in which he apologized to his wife and four children and asked for privacy for his family.
One person familiar with the situation said the former governor has been humbled and embarrassed by the ordeal.
"It's been very, very hard for him," said the individual, who requested anonymity out of respect for the family's privacy. "He's embarrassed. He's not focused on what steps he needs to take for himself, but the steps he needs to take for his family."
The incident returned to the public's attention numerous allegations made over the years that Schwarzenegger was a notorious womanizer.
Shortly before he was elected governor in 2003 the Times reported allegations from more than a dozen women who said he had groped them or made unwanted advances. He apologized at the time for having behaved badly in his younger years, and went on to win election in a landslide victory.
Since leaving the governor's office earlier this year, Schwarzenegger has indicated some interest in being a spokesman for environmental issues, including green energy development, one of the issues he worked hardest for as governor.
He has also announced plans to play himself in an animated TV show called "The Governator" and has said he would also like to resume his career as an action star, perhaps making new sequels to his popular "Terminator" films.
Associated Press Writer Gosia Wozniacka reported from Bakersfield. John Rogers reported from Los Angeles.