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Action hero caught up in Hitler storm.

Beleaguered California governorship candidate Arnold Schwarzenegger has found a defender in the man whose book proposal quoted the actor expressing admiration for Adolf Hitler.

George Butler said statements about the Hitler reportedly made by Schwarzenegger during the filming of his 1975 documentary, Pumping Iron, were "not in context and not even strictly accurate".

ABC News and The New York Times reported on statements attributed to the action star during the filming of the bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron. He was said to have told an interviewer that he admired Hitler's rise to power and wished he could have experienced the thrill Hitler must have had in speaking to huge audiences who agreed with everything he said.

The news organisations said the remarks were contained in transcripts from a book proposal made by Butler.

Butler, in a statement issued by the Schwarzenegger campaign, said the book proposal was a private document never intended for a wide audience, and contained a disclaimer saying certain statements within it "should not be taken as fact until verified".

Yesterday, women's groups and religious leaders worked to galvanise opposition to Schwarzenegger, who reiterated that he despises Hitler.

Schwarzenegger, is trying to replace Democratic Governor Gray Davis if voters sack him on Tuesday.

He spoke of the growing number of women accusing him of sexual harassment, saying he felt badly that they hadn't confronted him so he could have apologised.
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Publication:Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)
Date:Oct 4, 2003
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