Arnold Schwarzenegger receives standing ovation

Friday August 5, 2011

Arnold Schwarzenegger was given a standing ovation at one of his first public appearances following news he fathered a love child.

The former California governor was honoured by the Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce.

He made his first speech in the state since confirming he'd fathered a son with his former housekeeper.

His wife Maria Shriver has since begun divorce proceedings.

But the Terminator star didn't mention his personal problems during his appearance before a business group.

Instead Arnie stuck to matters such as his years in office.

The crowd applauded him warmly after he recalled teaming up with business leaders to reform the state's workers' compensation laws.

Sporting a deep tan, the muscle-man spoke for about ten minutes.

He joked that he was running for president in 2012 – of a bodybuilding association.

The speech comes in the midst of his divorce, which is unfolding largely behind closed doors.

Last month his son was in a serious surfing accident that put him in the intensive care unit.

Arnold also withdrew a request for a judge to terminate Maria's right to spousal support.

And he clarified that he's willing to pay his estranged wife's lawyer.

The film star and politician has appeared in public only sporadically in recent months.

In the days after he split with wife Maria, he told his talent agency to postpone his movie projects, and his Twitter account fell out of use.

He started tweeting again in late June when he travelled to his native Austria for an environmental conference.

Last month, he announced he will return to acting with a starring role in the Lionsgate film Last Stand.

The Arnold Schwarzenegger Museum has also recently opened in his Austrian hometown.

Photo: © PA

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