Arnold Schwarzenegger has blasted allegations he was responsible for keeping U.S. prisoners in a disease-ridden jail when he was Governor of California.

A group of 22 current and former inmates are suing state officials over an outbreak of Valley Fever at Pleasant Valley prison, and Schwarzenegger - who was in office at the time of the incident in 2009 - is among the targets of the lawsuit.

The inmates allege they got sick because authorities took no action to fight the outbreak, and they are seeking damages and costs for medical care.

In court papers obtained by, Schwarzenegger claims he was not personally responsible for the epidemic and other officials were tasked with solving prison problems.