Did Maria Shriver Leak the News of Husband's Illegitimate Child?

Did Maria Shriver Leak the News of Husband's Illegitimate Child?

Did Maria Shriver leak the story about her estranged husband's secret love child?

Shriver was said to be "hysterical" when she learned that Arnold Schwarzenegger had fathered a son with the maid, and according to a new report, which sources close to her deny, she wanted to "blow the lid off the scandal."

The report claims that Shriver hatched a plan to have her people leak the story to the Los Angeles Times. Shriver denies the report.

Ian Halperin, author of The Governator, sat down with INSIDE EDITION's Les Trent for an interview.

"Other people were threatening to come out and expose the story. The pressure was on Maria and Arnold, and perhaps Maria did beat Arnold to the punch," said Halperin.

He says Schwarzenegger's extramarital affairs extend well beyond the family maid.

"I interviewed at least six women who came on the record and claimed they had out of wedlock children with Arnold Schwarzenegger," said Halperin.

Halperin also gives fresh insight into Schwarzenegger's notorious womanizing. Halperin says it comes from Schwarzenegger's troubled childhood in Austria.

Halperin said, "Arnold was abused by his father growing up. His father beat him, he made fun of him, he called him names. So Arnold wanted to prove his father wrong and he wanted to achieve amazing accomplishments. He always wanted to become a politician like his hero, JFK. And what better way to position for that than marrying a Kennedy? There's a reason why it took so long for them to marry. She knew about his womanizing, and Arnold vowed and swore to her that his philandering days were over."

Meantime, Shriver's highly-anticipated appearance on Oprah's farewell spectacular airs today. She was greeted with thunderous applause and put on a brave face addressing the crowd

Shriver said to Oprah, "You've given me love, support, wisdom, and most of all, the truth."

"Here's to the truth," said Oprah.