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TV presenter 'groped' by Schwarzenegger may sue
The Independent (UK) ^ | 05 October 2003 | James Morrison and Andrew Gumbel in Bakersfield, California

Posted on 10/04/2003 2:21:52 PM PDT by John Jorsett

California election: Three more women come forward to add to tide of harassment allegations against actor-turned-politician

The British television presenter who alleges she was sexually harassed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in a London hotel is threatening to sue him for libel over his claim that she invented the incident.

Close friends of Anna Richardson say she is furious that Schwarzenegger aides, in attempting to shore up his support ahead of Tuesday's recall election for California governor, briefed against her. The movie star's spin-doctors claimed that, far from having her breasts groped against her will, Ms Richardson invited him to examine them.

Ms Richardson's threat came as three more women stepped forward to add to the tide of sexual allegations facing Mr Schwarzenegger.

A former intern at CNN, Collette Brooks, told reporters that he groped her buttocks and told her she had "a nice ass" while she was showing him around a studio 25 years ago. In another incident, an assistant director on his 1988 film Twins claimed he had regularly undressed in front of her in his trailer, while Carla Baron, a stand-in on the same movie set, said he had sandwiched her between himself and a crew member and forced his tongue into her mouth.

Mr Schwarzenegger is also accused of being a Nazi sympathiser after the emergence of an old interview transcript in which he appeared to praise Hitler - an allegation he immediately denied, stating that his quotes had been taken out of context.

Ms Richardson has alleged that Mr Schwarzenegger grabbed her and pulled her on to his knee before squeezing her nipple while she interviewed him for an LWT film show, The Big Screen, at the Dorchester hotel in London in December 2000.

The claims by the 32-year-old vicar's daughter were originally published in The Sun shortly after the alleged incident. They resurfaced last week when the Los Angeles Times detailed a series of similar complaints by five other women about the star's past indiscretions.

While he was quick to admit to having "behaved badly" towards some women in the past, his campaign managers denied these included Ms Richardson. Sheryl Main, a Hollywood publicist who was with the actor during Ms Richardson's interview with him, insisted the presenter approached him, cupped her right breast and said: "What do you think of these?"

Ms Richardson has told friends that she may sue Mr Schwarzenegger and/or his aides for accusing her of lying.

Since her allegations re-emerged on Thursday, the glamorous but, until now, little-known presenter has been bombarded with interview requests from media outlets around the world. Currently on holiday with her partner, Ms Richardson is understood to have been negotiating to sell her story to a British tabloid.

A source close to Ms Richardson said it was now "a possibility" she would sue Mr Schwarzenegger over his denial of her claims, adding: "Comments in the LA Times have basically libelled Anna."

In her original interview with The Sun about the alleged incident, she said: "He kept saying how fantastic I looked and staring at my boobs. When I went to shake his hand he pulled me on to his knee, saying, 'I really want to know if your breasts are real.' I told him they are an F-cup. Before I knew what was happening he circled my nipple with his finger and gave it a squeeze. He then said, 'Yeah, they are real.' I stood up and said, 'You're making me nervous.'

"He told me not to be nervous and pulled me back on his knee. I said, 'Can I go, please?' He said, 'Yeah', and patted my bum as I went off."

At the time, his spokesman said, "I don't know anything about this particular incident but Arnie is a big flirt, as is Anna. Most presenters know how to handle him and understand he's just flirting."

As the latest, potentially damaging, allegations were made public, there were some signs of an upturn in Mr Schwarzenegger's fortunes on the campaign trail itself. With the actor barnstorming his way across the state on the so-called California Comeback Express, his supporters rallied to his defence.

Lynn Harwood-Campbell, a true-blue Republican with two sons in the military, was typical of the doting fans he encountered on Friday. After waiting for two hours with a gaggle of girlfriends in the sizzling heat of California's Central Valley to catch a glimpse of her idol, she told reporters: "He can grope me any time. What would you prefer, a cigar with Bill Clinton, or a grope with Arnold Schwarzenegger?"

Others tried to turn the guns on Gray Davis, the incumbent Democrat governor whom the actor is trying to unseat. One roadside sign read: "Gray Davis groped me when he reached into my wallet."


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: California
KEYWORDS: calgov2002; groper; recall; richardson; schwarzenegger
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1 posted on 10/04/2003 2:21:52 PM PDT by John Jorsett
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To: John Jorsett
Some nobody trying to get famous...
2 posted on 10/04/2003 2:24:41 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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3 posted on 10/04/2003 2:25:35 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: John Jorsett
It's kinda wild that Arnold, being a Republican in liberal Hollywood, and these women didn't say anything before now.
4 posted on 10/04/2003 2:26:14 PM PDT by Paul Atreides (Bringing you quality, non-unnecessarily-excerpted threads since 2002)
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To: John Jorsett
An F-cup???
5 posted on 10/04/2003 2:26:24 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort (If you don't like whup-ass, don't open the can,)
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To: Welsh Rabbit
She ain't gonna sue. Arnie's publicist, plus probably others who were in the room, would testify the other way and out goes the verdict!
6 posted on 10/04/2003 2:27:21 PM PDT by SoCal Pubbie
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To: John Jorsett
It all brings back Clinton flashbacks. Character matters.
7 posted on 10/04/2003 2:27:37 PM PDT by Ol' Sparky
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To: John Jorsett
God, I can't wait until next week. I've had enough of California puke politics.
8 posted on 10/04/2003 2:27:44 PM PDT by demkicker
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To: John Jorsett
He probably did pat a couple of fannies here and there. I don't think he was looking for action in doing it (like X42). He is a body builder for Xst sakes! Anybody who has been to a gym and had a trainer will know that these guys check out the body like a building contractor checks out a house, a pat on the siding and a "Good foundation!" comment are not out of line nor are they overtures to more intimate relations. It's just the way people are in that culture. Come on liberals, can't we honor different cultures? What happened to diversity?
9 posted on 10/04/2003 2:29:07 PM PDT by harrym
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To: Leroy S. Mort
I found that to be the most interesting part of the article as well...
10 posted on 10/04/2003 2:29:42 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: John Jorsett
15 minutes of fame Bump
11 posted on 10/04/2003 2:30:45 PM PDT by EggsAckley (..........................all my pings are belong to ......YOU.....................)
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To: Leroy S. Mort
An F-cup???

Pictures?

12 posted on 10/04/2003 2:31:26 PM PDT by steveo (Oh, there's a lobster loose! Get out of the cabin quick! He's vengeful!)
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To: Welsh Rabbit
Race ya to see who finds the pictures first....
13 posted on 10/04/2003 2:31:37 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort (If you don't like whup-ass, don't open the can,)
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To: Ol' Sparky
It all brings back Clinton flashbacks. Character matters.

Sparky, Clinton was doing his cr@p while he was a sitting President. Arnold was an actor. Try to keep that in mind. It's apples and oranges.

14 posted on 10/04/2003 2:33:02 PM PDT by EggsAckley (..........................all my pings are belong to ......YOU.....................)
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To: John Jorsett
"Gray Davis groped me when he reached into my wallet"...Love it!
15 posted on 10/04/2003 2:34:45 PM PDT by MEG33
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To: John Jorsett
What's next? Women complaining Arnold groped them at the Playboy Mansion?
16 posted on 10/04/2003 2:35:21 PM PDT by dennisw (G_d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: Leroy S. Mort; Welsh Rabbit; steveo; John Jorsett
An F-cup???

That's British for a DD-cup, I think.

17 posted on 10/04/2003 2:36:20 PM PDT by Timesink (For a good time, visit clark2004.meetup.com. Ask for Mary!)
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To: Timesink
That's British for a DD-cup, I think.

And then???

18 posted on 10/04/2003 2:37:40 PM PDT by steveo (There. There wolf.)
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To: steveo
Pictures?

Better than that, soft-core video:

http://www.bouff.tv/downloads.htm

Anna Richardson interviews Emily Booth, apparently a naughty video actress on her "Big Screen" program on London Weekend Television. It's the second video from the top on the actresses website, viewable in Windows Media Player. Anna Richardson is not shocked at all about the nudity, masturbation and other activities shown in clips from Ms Booth's movies. As an interviewer, she reminds me a little of our own Howard Stern, and not at all the type to sue over her outraged honor.
19 posted on 10/04/2003 2:37:44 PM PDT by Stirner
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To: dennisw
We need some women to step forward who appreciated attention from Schwarzenneger and weren't so miffed at being fondled.
20 posted on 10/04/2003 2:38:15 PM PDT by dennisw (G_d is at war with Amalek for all generations)
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To: John Jorsett
 "Gray Davis groped me when he reached into my wallet."
That's fantastic! BWAHAHA!!

21 posted on 10/04/2003 2:39:12 PM PDT by AnnaZ (::: VOTE McCLINTOCK! ::: (Interns in Sacramento thank you in advance.) :::)
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To: steveo; Leroy S. Mort
An F-cup???

Pictures?

YES! Pictures! Please dear Goodness...PICTURES...NOW!

Or do I have to go to a "boobies" link on fark.com...?

prisoner6

23 posted on 10/04/2003 2:40:59 PM PDT by prisoner6 ( Right Wing Nuts hold the country together as the loose screws of the left fall out!)
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To: Paul Atreides
If he would have run as a rat, you would never have heard from these women.
24 posted on 10/04/2003 2:41:59 PM PDT by mystery-ak (Happy Birthday, Mike...wish you were here.)
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To: Leroy S. Mort; Welsh Rabbit; steveo; John Jorsett
Sorry, not a DD; it's British for a TRIPLE D-cup.
25 posted on 10/04/2003 2:42:16 PM PDT by Timesink (For a good time, visit clark2004.meetup.com. Ask for Mary!)
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To: Leroy S. Mort; Timesink
In Arnie's defense, it was just impossible to resist the gravitational pull...
26 posted on 10/04/2003 2:42:32 PM PDT by Welsh Rabbit
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To: Welsh Rabbit
Some nobody trying to get famous...

Sure sounds like it --- for one --- what kind of woman is going to answer a man who asks her her bra size with "I'm an F cup" if she's not leading him on to do more?

27 posted on 10/04/2003 2:42:37 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
yours is just a little "x" here, but here's one:


28 posted on 10/04/2003 2:43:01 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort (If you don't like whup-ass, don't open the can,)
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To: John Jorsett



The British television presenter who alleges she was sexually harassed by Arnold Schwarzenegger in a London hotel is threatening to sue him for libel over his claim that she invented the incident.

British libel laws are more strict than ours.

If Arnold's telling the truth, and she sues, he should countersue.


29 posted on 10/04/2003 2:43:45 PM PDT by Sabertooth (No Drivers' Licences for Illegal Aliens. Petition SB60. http://www.saveourlicense.com/n_home.htm)
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To: Leroy S. Mort
Be glad it's a little X. Actually it was a photo of her from an article, but if you click on the x, it redirects you to a completely different site. I have asked to have it removed.
30 posted on 10/04/2003 2:44:07 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (There is no shame in being poor, just dressing poorly)
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To: Stirner
"Anna Richardson is not shocked at all about the nudity, masturbation and other activities shown in clips from Ms Booth's movies."

So then it was just fine to have Arnolds hands all over her. She asked for it then right?

31 posted on 10/04/2003 2:44:54 PM PDT by Afronaut (Zombie voters For Liberals)
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To: John Jorsett
The claims by the 32-year-old vicar's daughter

I'm surprised they didn't also call her a virgin and a healer of the lame.

32 posted on 10/04/2003 2:45:15 PM PDT by socal_parrot (Rosebud)
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To: Ol' Sparky
It all brings back Clinton flashbacks. Character matters.

Not really. Remember--- Clinton would have had his pants out and his little thing out asking the woman to kiss it. Arnold slapped a couple butts of woman who were flirting with him and a woman stupid enough to tell him her bra size got exactly what she was bargaining for. No woman is stupid enough not to realize that if asked her bra size she should answer unless she wants things to proceed.

33 posted on 10/04/2003 2:46:36 PM PDT by FITZ
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
But is a "little x" larger than an "F"? Enquiring minds want to know.
34 posted on 10/04/2003 2:47:02 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort (If you don't like whup-ass, don't open the can,)
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To: dennisw
"We need some women to step forward who appreciated attention from Schwarzenneger and weren't so miffed at being fondled."

You won't Spell the word God in your tag but post this? We need some women who like when men grab their asses? (Bangs head on Keyboard)

35 posted on 10/04/2003 2:47:24 PM PDT by Afronaut (Zombie voters For Liberals)
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To: John Jorsett
"The Schwarzenegger campaign provided a different account.


From the original LA Times article:

"Sheryl Main, a Hollywood publicist who has worked with Schwarzenegger on many films and accompanied him on his worldwide travels since 1995, said she was present at the interview with Richardson. Main said it was Richardson who provocatively approached Schwarzenegger. She said that after finishing the brief interview, Richardson rose, cupped her right breast in her right hand and said, "What do you think of these?" She then sat on his lap and was immediately escorted from the room, Main said.

She contends that Richardson later concocted her story."


http://www.latimes.com/news/politics/recall/la-me-women2oct02,1,2313555.story?coll=la-home-headlines


36 posted on 10/04/2003 2:47:53 PM PDT by FairOpinion
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To: Leroy S. Mort
She is an F and likes to have her photo taken in her underwear.

'nuf said.

37 posted on 10/04/2003 2:48:20 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (There is no shame in being poor, just dressing poorly)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Totally classless.........
38 posted on 10/04/2003 2:50:05 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort (I like my women like I like my coffee: Hot and in a big cup)
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To: Leroy S. Mort
Maybe this will work

BTW, she can be found on a lot of nude sites.

39 posted on 10/04/2003 2:50:26 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (There is no shame in being poor, just dressing poorly)
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To: harrym
At least Arnold didn't hire private detectives to harrass and intimidate his accusers like old Billy Boy did. The same people who didn't blink at Clinton's allegations of rape and womanizing in and out of the White House, are the same people who want to crucify Arnold for groping someone 25 years ago. They're pathetic.
40 posted on 10/04/2003 2:51:26 PM PDT by mass55th
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To: John Jorsett
Will Grey Davis stop at nothing ? How low can this snake Davis be ?
41 posted on 10/04/2003 2:51:35 PM PDT by ChadGore (Kakkate Koi!)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
She is an F and likes to have her photo taken in her underwear.

I remember when I was a little steveo, getting in trouble for getting an 'F'. Same thing would happen today I guess.

42 posted on 10/04/2003 2:53:03 PM PDT by steveo (There. There wolf.)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
BTW, she can be found on a lot of nude sites.

There are nude sites on line? Can anyone tell me how to disable parental control?

43 posted on 10/04/2003 2:53:53 PM PDT by Leroy S. Mort
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To: EggsAckley
Since news media seems to be immune from prosecution, lawsuits, and regulation; what is to prevent another "news media source" from creating "news stories" about indviduals in journalism.

Sources being sacred and totally confidential it appears that anything can be said or printed or broadcast with no consequences.

Examples:

#1 - LA Times publishing BS about Arnold being pro-Nazi based on a verbal tale of "imaginary transcripts" from George Baker who now claims the original "book concept" is probably at a vacation home in New Hampshire.

#2 - "News stories" printed by The Nation, NY Times, and Washington Post written by Wilson with the evidence being poor recollection of who gave him his Niger Mission, no printed documentation of CIA orders, no written or taped documentation of any alleged "CIA debriefing report" Wilson gave regarding his tea and pee trip to Niger except:

"News stories" printed by The Nation, NY Times, and Washington Post written by Wilson and countless TV appearances accusing Cheney, GW, and your mother in law of "outing" his "secret agent wife" Mrs. Valorie 000 Plame-Wilson.

#3 - Anything General W(h)aco Clark ever wrote or said on TV.

Etc.
44 posted on 10/04/2003 2:59:34 PM PDT by autoresponder (OK libs - it's download time!)
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To: mass55th
"The same people who didn't blink at Clinton's allegations of rape and womanizing in and out of the White House, are the same people who want to crucify Arnold for groping someone 25 years ago. They're pathetic. "

Just as pathetic as defending this low-life liberal. How can you excuse this behavior? Because he apologized? Geeze.

45 posted on 10/04/2003 3:00:50 PM PDT by Afronaut (Zombie voters For Liberals)
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To: John Jorsett
I hope that she is prepared to have everything she has ever done in her life made public.
46 posted on 10/04/2003 3:01:08 PM PDT by slimer (i'm mad as hell and i'm not going to take it anymore!)
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To: John Jorsett
Libel suit my ass. Richardson has a reputation in the UK as quite the public flirt, to put it mildly. "Vicar's daughter," indeed.
47 posted on 10/04/2003 3:03:28 PM PDT by Timesink (For a good time, visit clark2004.meetup.com. Ask for Mary!)
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To: Ol' Sparky
It all brings back Clinton flashbacks. Character matters.

Say what you want about charachter, but untill we get about dozen or so women who claim to have been raped or attemted rape by Arnold there is NO comparison to Clinton

48 posted on 10/04/2003 3:05:53 PM PDT by chudogg
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To: harrym
He probably did pat a couple of fannies here and there. I don't think he was looking for action..

And what if he was? He was a great looking guy having a good time in Hollywood. I bet he had a 95% "hit rate." And if he got a little carried away 25 years ago, I don't see the big deal as long as he did understand that "no means no" and didn't force himself on anyone. No one has alleged that he has, and every rock is being unturned by the Dem-bots.

Unlike many politicians, Arnold didn't use the threat of his position to badger for sex. Clinton and his Arkansas State Police procurers come to mind.

49 posted on 10/04/2003 3:06:11 PM PDT by Pearls Before Swine (South-south-west, south, south-east, east....)
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To: DoctorZIn
Big fat F-cup ping
50 posted on 10/04/2003 3:06:44 PM PDT by Timesink (For a good time, visit clark2004.meetup.com. Ask for Mary!)
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