The whole Paul Hagen/CDAA thing is frustrating enough, but today Governor Schwarzenegger settled a suit filed by one of his alleged groping victims. The agreement? Everybody keeps quiet. Does the gag order protect her, hor him?

The suit was actually a slander suit based on allegations made by Schwarzenegger that she had forced herself onto him. Her account was, according to the L.A. Times:

Schwarzenegger had appeared on Richardson’s late-night show in December 2000 to promote his movie “The 6th Day.” Richardson said that after the taping, Schwarzenegger pulled her onto his knee and told her, “I want to know if your breasts are real,” and then groped her left breast.

According to the woman’s attorney the settlement seems to have made everybody happy.

The AVA’s Bruce Anderson once asked about one of the gag-stipulated settlements with the parents of an alleged victim: “How much money would you accept to allow Michael Jackson to rub your son’s balls?” So how much for a grope? Inquiring minds want to know.

Editing do to my own attention deficit disorder – okay, he paid (presumably) for an alleged lie rather than an alleged grope. Sue me.

Matt Stoller has some interesting east-coast perspectives on California politics in general, including the settlement and the race.