06/29/2011 04:05 pm ET Updated Aug 29, 2011

Jackie Collins Calls Arnold Schwarzenegger 'Downright Despicable'

Jackie Collins has criticised Arnold Schwarzenegger over revelations of an affair with his housekeeper, branding The Terminator star's behaviour "downright despicable".

The movie tough guy split from his wife of 25 years, Maria Shriver, earlier this year (11) and subsequently revealed he had fathered a son with one of their employees, Mildred Baena, 13 years ago.

Now novelist Collins has taken Schwarzenegger to task for cheating in his marital home.

She tells Harper's Bazaar, "Arnold is a case unto himself. Cheating is one thing, but doing it in the home you share with your wife and children, and with your housekeeper of 20 years, who gives birth to your child within days of your wife giving birth to your son, well?... That's downright despicable."

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