Arnold: Charges Politically Driven

"I don't remember any of those comments because I always despise everything that Hitler stood for," Schwarzenegger said, calling the Nazi leader a "disgusting villain."

This is not the first time Schwarzenegger has had apparently pro-Nazi remarks come back to haunt him. Last week he was reminded of a toast he gave to Austrian President Kurt Waldheim at his wedding. At the time Schwarzenegger gave the toast, it had just been exposed that Waldheim had committed Nazi war crimes.

"That was a mistake, and I know but we can grow and it's always easy to be smart in hindsight," the actor-turned-candidate said.

Sexual Indiscretions

There have also been a growing number of allegations about Schwarzenegger mistreating women.

A front-page story in Thursday's Los Angeles Times, California's largest newspaper, quoted six women who claim Schwarzenegger groped or made sexually offensive remarks to them. One woman told ABCNEWS she encountered Schwarzenegger in the 1970s when he was a bodybuilder.

"The gym was quite full and Arnold was there and I remember him passing by me and groping my breast," E. Laine Stockon told ABCNEWS. "And I was just in sheer shock."

Today, another woman, Colette Brooks — who was surrounded by Democratic activists — came forward publicly and told reporters Schwarzenegger grabbed her buttocks 22 years ago when she was a young TV intern.

Of the six women who spoke to The Los Angeles Times, four would not give their names. One claimed that 20 years ago, Schwarzenegger "grabbed and squeezed" her left breast. She told the newspaper she "just started crying and crying." She said he did not rape her, but he humiliated her.

The Los Angeles Times also quoted a woman, who asked not to be named, and worked on the movie Terminator 2, who claimed Schwarzenegger "would pin me against the corner of the elevator" and try to pull off the straps of her bathing suit.

He confronted the allegations directly Thursday. "I have done things that at the time I thought then was playful but now I recognize that I have offended people. And those people that I have offended, I want to say to them I am deeply sorry about that and I apologize."

On the heels of the recent allegations, a new TV ad attacking Schwarzenegger and urging California voters to vote against the recall is set to hit the airwaves this weekend. The ad is sponsored by Moveon.org, an Internet-based political action committee that backs progressive candidates, and other organizations opposed to the recall.

"If you're a woman … or your mother is a woman, you cannot vote for this man," the commercial says in part. "Because Arnold Schwarzenegger has a serious problem with women. … Every woman and every man should vote no on the recall."

Wife Comes to Terminator’s Defense

At a speech before the California Women's Leadership Association in Newport Beach, Shriver came to her husband's defense, telling the audience, "You can listen to all the negativity or you can listen to me." When asked by reporters about the recent allegations, she said, "I don't believe in gutter politics and I don't believe in gutter journalism."

Gov. Gray Davis, the man Schwarzenegger is hoping to replace as governor, tried to capitalize on the allegations against his gubernatorial opponent.

"The information about the conduct and the beliefs of Arnold Schwarzenegger raises serious questions about his ability to govern," he said in a speech today.

ABCNEWS' Linda Douglass and Brian Rooney contributed to this report.

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