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Arnie faces new groping claims
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Schwarzenegger is fending off a raft of allegations
Two more women have accused the Hollywood actor Arnold Schwarzenegger of sexually harassing them.

The star - who is campaigning to be elected the next governor of California - has already apologised for his behaviour in response to a report that he sexually harassed six women on film sets and during interviews.

He has also strenuously denied allegations that he had once admired Adolf Hitler.

Opinion polls conducted before the allegations emerged showed him enjoying a comfortable lead ahead of Tuesday's electoral challenge to incumbent governor Gray Davis.

The latest womanising allegations resurfaced at a news conference, a day after the Los Angeles Times quoted six women who said they had been fondled by the star.

Ankles 'fondled'

A former TV station intern told reporters that Mr Schwarzenegger had groped her when she was showing him around a studio 25 years ago.

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Electing [Arnold Schwarzenegger] will most definitely, result in another recall
Laurie Williams, USA

Later, a radio presenter claimed the actor had fondled her ankles and knees while she was interviewing him.

The actor-turned-politician said no one had ever confronted him.

"If they'd said to me how dare you, I could have apologised right there and then," he said.

Mr Schwarzenegger continues to draw large crowds as he campaigns across the state.

An opinion poll on Friday suggested that about 57% of voters plan to vote "Yes" to Mr Davis's ejection from office.

'Vote no'

But other Hollywood stars have called on Californians to vote against allowing Tuesday's vote to go ahead.

Governor Gray Davis
Governor Davis is fighting for his political life
Actors such as Richard Dreyfuss, Pierce Brosnan, Danny Glover, Barbra Streisand and Cybill Shepherd signed a full-page advertisement in Friday's edition of the trade newspaper Variety calling for a "No" vote in the recall ballot.

The extraordinary ballot is aimed at ousting Mr Gray, a Democrat, and would be followed by a fresh election if successful.

Denials

In a boost for Mr Schwarzenegger, a report in an Austrian Jewish magazine said that, as a young bodybuilder, he had helped break up a neo-Nazi demonstration in the Austrian city of Graz.

"There was a clash and Arnold along with some bodybuilders chased the Nazis down Herrengasse Street," Alfred Gerstl, the father of one of Mr Schwarzenegger's friends, recalled in the interview published last month.

Mr Schwarzenegger has denied an ABC television report which quotes him as allegedly saying in a 1975 interview that he admired Hitler, a fellow Austrian, for coming "from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to power".

Mr Schwarzenegger said he did not remember making such remarks. He insisted he "despised" the Nazi ideology and noted his long-standing support for the Jewish human rights group, the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

On Thursday, Mr Schwarzenegger did admit to behaviour which "offended people" after the Los Angeles Times reported that he had sexually harassed and groped women over a 25-year period.

"Yes, it is true that I was on rowdy movie sets and I have done things that were not right, that I thought were playful but now I recognise that I have offended people," he said.




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