Arnold Takes Sex Harass Course

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gestures to his wife, Maria Shriver, during his opening remarks of his first State of the State address held during a joint session of the Legislature at the Capitol in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004. In a turning point marking his transition from Hollywood idol to California's leader, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger focused his first major address Tuesday on a financial crisis he said would entail painful budget cuts.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose campaign was dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct, voluntarily took a training course about preventing sexual harassment after his election.

The two-hour course was conducted by a deputy attorney general who is an expert in employment and discrimination law, Schwarzenegger spokeswoman Margita Thompson said Wednesday.

Schwarzenegger took the course earlier this year along with his senior staff, who were required to take the class as part of his administration's policy, according to Thompson.

The training is optional for statewide elected officials.

Five days before his election, the Los Angeles Times detailed allegations from six women who said Schwarzenegger groped or sexually harassed them between 1975 and 2000. By the Oct. 7 election, the number had grown to 16.

Schwarzenegger apologized for having "behaved badly" toward women but refused to discuss the allegations in detail. He pledged to hire an investigator after the election to look into the allegations, but a month later said he would not.