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June 12, 2007 | Duke Helfand and Steve Hymon, Times Staff Writers
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke publicly for the first time Monday about the breakup of his 20-year marriage, saying he was responsible for the split even as he refused to talk about what caused it. In a somber meeting with reporters at City Hall, Villaraigosa declined to answer questions about whether the break with his wife, Corina, was triggered by another romantic relationship.
March 20, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - In a sentence so light it stunned even his lawyers, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair was sentenced Thursday to a reprimand and no jail time for misusing his authority over a subordinate with whom he had a three-year adulterous affair, ending a tumultuous court-martial that focused national attention on the military's uneven response to sexual misconduct. A military judge ordered Sinclair, 51, to forfeit $20,000 in salary and pay restitution of $4,156 for misusing his government charge card.
January 13, 2014 | By Kim Willsher
PARIS -- French President Francois Hollande is expected to use his traditional new year's news conference Tuesday to announce reforms to kick-start the country's economy, combat widespread unemployment and boost his lamentable popularity with the public. However, the event risks being hijacked by a very different affair of state that is dominating French headlines: the president's alleged trysts with an actress. Hollande's personal and political woes began Friday when a celebrity magazine published a seven-page "special report" complete with photographs of the president, 59, crossing Paris on the back of a scooter, apparently to rendezvous with 41-year-old actress Julie Gayet.
March 19, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - His eyes red, his head bowed, Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair strode uneasily to a courtroom lectern Wednesday and glanced up at a silver-haired military judge who will sentence him for offenses he admits he committed. Exactly two years had passed since a young Army captain who worked for Sinclair walked into the office of his commander in Afghanistan and revealed that she and the general had carried on an adulterous three-year affair in two war zones - prompting Army prosecutors Wednesday to ask the judge to dismiss Sinclair from the service.
November 18, 2011
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October 1, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Brigitte Nielsen told the world last year, and now we know it to be true: She had an affair with Arnold Schwarzenegger during the filming of the 1985 movie "Red Sonja," at a time when he was already living with Maria Shriver. Schwarzenegger 'fessed up to a "hot affair" with the actress and former model in his new memoir, "Total Recall: My Unbelievably True Life Story," which came out Monday. The 65-year-old wrote that he knew the fling with Nielsen wouldn't last, according to the Associated Press, and that it actually made him realize that he wanted to marry Shriver.
November 29, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times/For the Booster Shots blog
Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain may soon drop out of the race after an Atlanta woman said on national television that she carried on an extramarital affair with the former Godfather's Pizza CEO for 13 years. Cain denied that he and Ginger White were anything more than friends but acknowledged to top aides that the accusation - following several claims of sexual harassment stemming from his years at the National Restaurant Assn. - could drain support for his campaign.
January 23, 2010 | By Jessica Guynn
A prominent Silicon Valley executive with ties to the Obama administration has admitted to an extramarital affair after his former mistress plastered romantic pictures of the two of them on giant billboards in three major cities. "I had an 8½-year serious relationship with YaVaughnie Wilkins," said Charles E. Phillips, co-president of Oracle Corp. and a member of President Obama's Economic Recovery Advisory Board. "The relationship with Ms. Wilkins has since ended, and we both wish each other well."
February 1, 1998
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October 3, 2009 | Matea Gold and Scott Collins
David Letterman has milked plenty of sex scandals for laughs. But it remains to be seen whether the CBS comic's admission Thursday that he had sexual liaisons with female employees while he was involved with his now-wife, the mother of his 5-year-old son, will fade away with a few late-night punch lines. Although Letterman focused on his role as the victim of a would-be extortionist who demanded $2 million to keep the details of his affairs secret, the episode sparked impassioned discussion Friday about sex in the workplace and hypocrisy.
March 17, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - The military intelligence captain who has accused Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair of sexually abusing her testified Monday that their rocky three-year affair left her feeling desperate and helpless, with no way to end an illicit relationship with her high-ranking commander. "I felt completely trapped," the 34-year-old Army captain told a military judge at Sinclair's sentencing hearing. "I was just being used for sex. " The accuser's mother testified shortly afterward that the affair, which stretched over two war zones and three continents, left her daughter distraught and fearful.
March 14, 2014 | By Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times Theater Critic
Julia, the protagonist of Wendy Graf's new play, "Closely Related Keys," is a single, Ivy League-educated African American attorney who lives for her job. Smart, ambitious and happy to sacrifice her personal life for professional advancement, she's one of those corporate control freaks who believes she should be able to subjugate the world with her smartphone. Diarra Kilpatrick plays Julia with the manic air of someone burying themselves in work to avoid more painful feelings. Even the furtive romantic tryst she's having with Ron (Ted Mattison)
March 6, 2014 | By David Zucchino
FT. BRAGG, N.C. - He first met the much younger woman who would become his mistress in Germany, and later in Iraq, the general testified Thursday. In 2009, the woman, by then a 29-year-old Army captain, accompanied Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair, 51, on missions in Afghanistan. They soon became lovers who exchanged texts and emails brimming with explicit sex talk. He called her "my panda. " She called him "Papa Panda sexy pants. " The passionate three-year affair ultimately soured, and Sinclair was brought before a military judge Thursday on charges related to the relationship.
February 24, 2014 | By Meredith Blake
NEW YORK - Making his debut as host of "Late Night" on Monday, Seth Meyers struck a decidedly low-key note in a broadcast that emphasized finely tuned punch lines over star power and razzle-dazzle. Meyers opened the NBC show by paying tribute to one of his predecessor's best-known recurring bits, "Thank You Notes. " Seated at his desk, Meyers wrote a letter to Jimmy Fallon, now host of "The Tonight Show," promising to treat "Late Night" "with respect and dignity and to only use it to do completely original comedy pieces … starting now," he said.
February 22, 2014 | By David Macaray
So Ellen DeGeneres is set to host the 86th Academy Awards next week. Nothing against her or, for that matter, Billy Crystal (who has hosted nine telecasts), Whoopi Goldberg (who has hosted four) or Steve Martin (who has done three), but when was it decided that this most glamorous awards show needed to be funny to sustain an audience? After all, it's not as if comedy so dominates the proceedings that only a professional comedian is worthy of hosting it. In fact, the opposite is true.
February 20, 2014 | By Sheri Linden
The latest incarnation of "Thérèse Raquin," Emile Zola's 1867 novel of lust and murder, arrives not as a bodice ripper but a bodice unbuttoner. Aiming for the screw-tightening tension of noir, writer-director Charlie Stratton lands in a murky region of the gray scale with "In Secret," a film rich in atmosphere but emotionally as blunt as its title. With varying degrees of success, Elizabeth Olsen, Oscar Isaac, Tom Felton and Jessica Lange struggle against the shaky mix of melodrama, black comedy, ghost story and a soupçon of Grand Guignol.
March 27, 2013 | By Times Staff
Is retired Gen. David H. Petraeus planning a comeback? He seemed to suggest so in a speech at USC Tuesday night. In the highly anticipated talk, Petraeus apologized for engaging in an extramarital affair that made international headlines. The scandal derailed the career of Petraeus, a war hero who had once been talked about as a presidential contender. PHOTOS: Political sex scandals As The Times' Alexandra Zavis reported: Before about 600 guests in a hotel ballroom in downtown L.A. on Tuesday, a confident but contrite Petraeus acknowledged he is "regarded in a different light now" than he was a year ago. He has kept a low profile since admitting to an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell , in November.
September 28, 2012 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Arnold Schwarzenegger had an affair. Arnold Schwarzenegger had a baby from the affair. Arnold Schwarzenegger didn't tell his wife about the baby for more than a decade. "So you lied" to wife Maria Shriver, Lesley Stahl asked him for the upcoming edition of "60 Minutes. " "You can say that," the former governator replied. Let's just let that sit there and jell for a second. Schwarzenegger, who sat for the interview in connection with a tell-all memoir he's written, then proceeded to call the affair "the stupidest thing I've done in the whole relationship.
January 30, 2014 | By Melissa Healy, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
"Vodka is our enemy, so we'll utterly consume it!" goes the old Russian proverb. That love-hate relationship is thought to have helped send 37% of Russian men in 2005 to the grave before they had toasted their 55th birthday. And a new study finds that, despite fitful campaigns to stem heavy drinking, vodka continues to exact a huge toll on Russian men. Among male Russian smokers, 35% of those in the hardest-drinking category -- those who consumed more than a liter and a half of vodka per week -- died between the ages of 35 and 54, the study found.
January 15, 2014 | Robin Abcarian
It's a sad day in France when the unmarried president spends the night with a woman who is not his girlfriend and sparks a national furor. Last week - as you have undoubtedly heard -  a salacious news story broke in the French press: The president cheated on his girlfriend! The French celebrity magazine, Closer, which broke the story, devoted seven pages to the scandal. Closer reported that Socialist President Francois Hollande, 59, was seen arriving at the apartment of French actress Julie Gayet, 41, by scooter late one evening.
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