California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger suspects his former rival Sylvester Stallone of leading a secret 1980s campaign to give the Terminator star a
reputation as a Nazi sympathizer, according to a new book.
The two Hollywood action stars were bitter enemies in 1988, after
Schwarzenegger enjoyed an affair with Stallone‘s ex-wife Brigitte Nielsen and
accused the Rocky actor of hiring publicity agents to save his image.
And in new book Fantastic: The Life of Arnold Schwarzenegger, biographer
Laurence Leamer claims Stallone sought vengeance by telling British journalist
Wendy Leigh that Schwarzenegger‘s Austrian father helped round up Jews during
the Holocaust and that Schwarzenegger was a “secret admirer of Hitler”.
And although Stallone insists he did not contribute to Leigh’s controversial
tome, Leamer claims Schwarzenegger “reluctantly” confirmed he still believes
Stallone worked to smear him as a fascist sympathizer, reports New
York Daily News newspaper.
The pair have since settled their differences and are firm friends again.
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