updated 4/1/2004 8:18:03 AM ET 2004-04-01T13:18:03

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, whose campaign was dogged by allegations of sexual misconduct, voluntarily took a training course about preventing sexual harassment earlier this year, 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 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.

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