Schwarzenegger will investigate groping claims. California's new governor-elect announced plans to hire a private investigator to examine allegations that he groped women

By Brian Hiatt
Updated November 07, 2003 at 05:00 AM EST

California Governator-Elect Arnold Schwarzenegger is taking action — against himself. The action hero-turned-statesman’s spokesperson told the Associated Press that he is hiring a private investigator to look at allegations that he groped women, but added that he may not turn over the results to California’s state attorney general. Schwarzenegger is angry that Attorney General Bill Lockyer publicly urged an independent investigation, instead of keeping his advice private.

”He had intended to instruct the investigators to turn over the final results? to the attorney general; he will now reconsider that option,” Schwarzenegger spokesperson Rob Stutzman told AP. Lockyer denied Stutzman’s charge that he violated attorney-client privilege by publicly calling for the investigation. ”Bill was giving advice to a friend,” the attorney general’s spokesperson told AP.

As many as 16 women — including six quoted in a Los Angeles Times article published the week of the gubernatorial recall vote that landed Schwarzenegger in office — have accused the star of groping them. Schwarzenegger has apologized for his behavior toward women, but not admitted to any particular allegation.