ARNOLD Schwarzenegger is paying a “significant” amount of child support to his estranged wife.
The 63-year-old actor has agreed to give financial assistance to Maria Shriver — who he separated from last month, shortly before it was made public that he had fathered a child with their former housekeeper Mildred ‘Patty’ Baen — for their younger children Patrick, 17, and Christopher, 13, despite neither party filing for divorce yet.
“[Arnold is paying] a significant amount of child support. Arnold is also paying for his sons, Patrick and Christopher’s private school bills,” a source said.
“Even though Maria is a Kennedy, and has inherited a great deal of money from her parent’s estate since their deaths, she is taking the child support. Under California law she is entitled to the child support, once either one of them files for divorce. Maria and Arnold’s lawyers have been working on a divorce settlement but in the meantime Arnold is willingly paying the money to Maria.”
Insiders claim Maria — who also has daughters Katherine, 21, and Christina, 19, with the former Governor of California — has enlisted the help of forensic accountants to get an accurate view of her estranged spouse’s assets in order to ensure their divorce is fair.
“Maria wants to get a fair divorce settlement, and move on with her life. She has already begun to do so,” said the source.
Despite the revelations that emerged after the split, the sources claim the separation is far from acrimonious, with Maria particularly keen for the breakdown of her marriage not to impact too much on their children.
“She and Arnold talk quite often, it would surprise people how gracious Maria is being about the entire situation. Maria doesn’t want the kids to suffer because of stupid decisions their father made, and she encourages them to be honest about their feelings. Arnold has made tearful apologies to his children for his indiscretions,” the insider said.
Well, it looks like the end of that upcoming Tupac movie just got way more convoluted. Apparently earlier today Dexter Isaac confessed to Tupac Shakur’s shooting in 1994 via a written statement to AllHipHop.com. Before you call your mom, Isaac is not referring to Tupac’s untimely death, but instead to another horrible shooting at New York’s Quad Recording studios that put Shakur in the hospital with five bullet wounds. Either way you look at it, a bombshell. Provided it’s true, of course…
In his confession, Isaacs alleges that CEO of Czar Entertainment James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond paid him and another man to jump Tupac, saying in part “In 1994, James Rosemond hired me to rob 2Pac Shakur at hte Quad Studio. He gave me $2,500, plus all the jewelry I took, except for one ring, which he wanted for himself. It was the biggest of the two diamond rings that we took. He said he wanted to put the stone in a new setting for his girlfriend at the time, Synthia Ried. I still have as proof the chain that we took that night in the robbery.” Isaac also touches on both Tupac and Biggie Smalls‘ deaths, saying, “Now I’m not going to talk about my friend Biggie’s death or 2Pac’s death, but I would like to give their mothers some closure.. It’s about time someone did, and I will do so at a different time.” Oh yeah, and there’s also the little matter of Isaac alleging that P. Diddy is, in fact, involved in some way. Go ahead and read the full transcript, but make sure you’re at home; you are going to need to lie down immediately after you’re done.
So stated Dr. Jan Garavaglia, a semi-famous coroner, who testified in court today during the Casey Anthony trial.
The defense has been arguing that the two-year old daughter of their defendant died of an accidental drowning, but there’s “no other logical conclusion” aside from homicide, said Garavaglia, the Orange County chief medical examiner.
How can Garavaglia state this as a fact? She reached the conclusion based on the condition of Caylee’s remains and other factors, including the discovery of duct tape around her skull.
Casey’s attorney, Cheney Mason, tried to move Garavaglia away from her findings, but the doctor shot back:
“Accidental deaths are reported unless there is a reason for it not to be… 100 percent of the time… that’s systematic observational studies.”
With her voice rising, and with her testimony cutting into the defense’s key argument, Garavaglia added:
“No child should have duct tape on its mouth when it dies.”
Something’s Gotta Give star Amanda Peet is one of our favorite celeb moms! The actress joined the American Red Cross on Monday to thank a group of students in New York for helping to vaccinate two villages against measles. Amanda – mom to daughters Frankie, 4, Molly, 1 – has long been outspoken on the topic of childhood vaccinations.
The champion for childhood immunizations tells Celebrity Baby Scoop “every day, 450 children in this world die from measles – a disease that is entirely preventable with a vaccine.” Amanda goes on to talk about the Measles Initiative and how she’s “committed to reducing measles deaths globally.”
CBS: Tell us about partnering with the Red Cross Measles Initiative at Nest +m school in New York.
AP: “I joined the American Red Cross on Monday, May 9, 2011 in surprising a group of 500 students at Nest+m school in New York City. I wanted to celebrate the students’ work toward vaccinating two villages of children against one of the most contagious and deadly diseases – measles.
Throughout the month, the Nest+m school will host a series of competitions and other activities to help students raise enough money to vaccinate their third village. During the rally, I presented the school’s Red Cross club with the “Measles Initiative Advocates of the Month” honor for their dedication to the cause year round. Before leaving, I also read It Couldn’t Be the Measles – a rhyming story about a spotted elephant by Brian D. Hahn – to a Kindergarten class. It was especially heart-warming to listen to how the younger students – my daughter’s age – planned to help reduce the health challenges families in Africa and Asia face every day.”
CBS: Why is this cause so important to you?
AP: “Every day, 450 children in this world die from measles – a disease that is entirely preventable with a vaccine. We have an actual cure, yet innocent children are still dying at alarming numbers.
Why? I learned why… The measles vaccine may exist, but many parents and children in this world do not have access to that cure. They live in remote villages, in countries with weak and inadequate health care systems. Routine immunization is a foreign concept altogether.
Can you imagine watching your child die from a disease that a simple vaccine could have cured? It is not right. We take so much for granted in this country. When my children were born, my husband and I made the choice to vaccinate them against measles. Why shouldn’t other parents have that same choice and that same peace of mind? Why shouldn’t those children be protected the way mine are?
The good news is that groups like the American Red Cross and the United Nations joined together in 2001 and formulated a plan to bring mass measles vaccination campaigns to countries and villages all over the world. For two years, I have been a volunteer with the American Red Cross, advocating on behalf of its Measles Initiative, a partnership committed to reducing measles deaths globally.”
CBS: Are other schools around the country implementing similar initiatives?
AP: “Nest+m school is just one example of how young people are making a difference. The desire from New York teens to help save children and protect entire villages half a world a way is also evident in other cities, including San Diego, Chicago and Houston. This is a generous generation, willing to take the change out of their pocket and change a child’s future.”
CBS: How can the rest of us support the Red Cross in this effort?
AP: “Before the American Red Cross and its partners formed the Measles Initiative in 2001, more than 750,000 children worldwide died from measles each year. While the global health partnership has made significant progress in the last decade, measles still kills an estimated 164,000 people annually.
For less than $1, a child can be vaccinated and the Measles Initiative can continue to drive that number down. With help from your friends, family, coworkers or classmates, anyone can easily vaccinate an entire village and put an end to this fight. Text PREVENT to 90999 to give $10 to the American Red Cross. This simple gesture will protect 10 children for a lifetime. Visit measlesinitiative.org to learn more.”