What Is It About Housekeepers That Make Some Men Cheat?

Arnold Schwarzenegger has confirmed he fathered a love child with his former housekeeper over a decade ago, sparking his separation from wife Maria Shriver.

Last week the 63 year-old actor and former governor of California confirmed he and his wife were separating after 25 years marriage and four children, following Schwarzenegger’s shock revelation to Shriver earlier this year that he fathered a child with the employee. Even more bizarrely, that housekeeper only retired in January this year after 20 years service, meaning she continued to work in their California home for 10 years after the birth.

The Terminator says he was been financially supporting the child and mother. Several years ago he admitted to several indiscretions with other staff members.

And today Shriver finally broke her silence, issuing a statement: “This is a painful and heartbreaking time. As a mother, my concern is for the children. I ask for compassion, respect and privacy as my children and I try to rebuild our lives and heal. I will have no further comment.”

The news follows another surprising high-profile case this week with the head of the International Monetary Fund, Dominique Strauss-Kahn, being charged with the sexual assault, forcible confinement, and attempted rape of a maid on Saturday at a posh New York hotel this week.

So what is it with housekeepers that make some men cheat?

One anonymous housekeeper in New York today claimed that high-powered businessmen would often walk around the room wearing an open bathrobe or even naked while she was cleaning their hotel room. Another claimed her boss would put pornographic movies on while she was there, despite her maintaining that she was not interested in any kind of relationship with him. Yet another says a businessman offered to pay her for sex and started to put down cash on the console table, asking her to name her price (she says laughed him off).

Another housekeeper from Puerto Rico claims that she and her fellow immigrant colleagues are often targeted by businessmen who assume they can proposition or even abuse the staff because they see them as ‘second-class citizens.’

Let’s hope these two examples are a wake up call to men who think they can get away with this behaviour.