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Edwards' mistress seeks return of 'private' videos

Posted January 29, 2010

— The campaign staffer who had a child with two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards asked Orange County deputies Thursday to retrieve "very private and personal" videos and photos from the home of another former Edwards aide whose new tell-all book discloses details of the candidate's affair.

Rielle Hunter obtained a temporary restraining order to prevent Andrew Young from using the videos to promote "The Politician," which goes on sale Saturday.

One of three videos Hunter wants back was made in September 2006 and "depicted matters of a very private and personal nature," and the eight photos included shots of her daughter, according to court records.

She alleges in her motion to obtain an injunction against Young that the videos were stored at a home that Young rented for her in the gated Governor's Club development in Chatham County. The photos were on her laptop computer and in a digital camera, she said.

Hunter said in the court documents that she decided to destroy the personal video in December 2006, but she put it in a hatbox because she was worried people were searching her trash at the time. The hatbox also contained two campaign videos, some photos, her passport and other personal items.

The videos disappeared at about the same time that Young and his wife, Cheri Young, went to the house in August 2008 to pick up Hunter's passport for her, according to court records.

The Wall Street Journal reported this week that Young says in his book that he found a video showing Edwards with a naked Hunter.

Hunter alleges that the Youngs copied the photos of her daughter off her laptop or downloaded them from her digital camera when she was living with them in Santa Barbara, Calif., in 2008. Wealthy Edwards campaign supporters paid to relocate Hunter and Andrew Young, who initially claimed to be the father of her child.

Hunter contends in her court filing that Young and his wife want to use the items to generate publicity for his book.

"The Youngs are attempting to sell or otherwise distribute the video to one or more third parties," her motion states.

Maj. Charles Blackwood of the Orange County Sheriff's Office went to Young's home Thursday to obtain the videos, but he couldn't find them.

Blackwood said David Geneson, a Washington, D.C., lawyer for Young, told him that Young wants to cooperate with authorities but that they couldn't produce the items on such short notice.

A Feb. 8 hearing has been set on Hunter's motion for an injunction against Young.

Edwards last week publicly acknowledged that he fathered Hunter's daughter, who turns 2 next month. He previously denied paternity, saying his affair with Hunter, a videographer who produced promotional videos for his unsuccessful 2008 presidential run, ended long before the child was conceived.

Young says in his book that Edwards went to great lengths to hide the affair and his paternity, including asking Hunter to have an abortion and later recruiting Young to pose as the girl's father.

Edwards' attorneys, Wade Smith and James Cooney, issued a statement Friday urging "extreme caution" by people who read Young's book.

"From media reports, it is obvious that there are many allegations which are simply false. It appears that Andrew Young is primarily motivated by financial gain and media attention," the lawyers said, noting that they hadn't read the book.


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  • Clover Feb 1, 2010

    I heard that only 15% of North Carolinians have a favorable impression of John Edwards. Who the heck are those 15%???

  • down by the pond Feb 1, 2010

    Videos of a private nature,,, repeat after me ..."gimme back my sex tape"... Good grief,,,, how stupid can one get, really , if you think about,,wow.... it is truly amazing.........

  • doubletrouble Feb 1, 2010

    Make a sex tape with a presidential canidate, seems like someone was banking on a check coming in the mail for a long time, course, with child support, she'll be getting that anyway. Wonder if she told him not to worry, she was on the pill-LOL! After all these scandals...can you really trust any politician? I mean...your wife is basically dying of cancer and you're out dipping your wick??...what a toad.

  • wondermom24kids Feb 1, 2010

    This is exactly why you don't make those kinds of tapes...duh.

  • BEACH Feb 1, 2010

    WHO cares what Hunter or Young want, they are just money hungry!!!!!

  • 1KidMom Feb 1, 2010

    I think this is all a sham between Young and Hunter about the videos and pictures. It's for looks to throw off that the one big happy family has been plotting from the beginning. Even had Young's wife in on it.

  • CharliesImages Feb 1, 2010

    I have no sympathy for this women. She was STUPID enough to have a sexual relationship with a married man who just happened to be a well known politician. And now she's worried about a sex tape?

    None of us will ever know who's idea it was to record themselves having sex. She may have done it thinking this would be a trump card for her to have lots of cash to keep quiet. Maybe John's ego wanted a record of it.

    I feel sorry for neither of them, and if there is a fallout for both of them because of the tape . . . well you reap what you sow.

  • readerman Feb 1, 2010

    I see a movie deal coming:)

  • slick rick da troll whisperer Feb 1, 2010

    "I think you may need to read the article a little closer. It doesn't say it was Edwards with a pregnant woman."

    the youngs said in an interview last week that it was a sex video with edwards and she was pregnant in the video.

  • batricia1 Feb 1, 2010

    release the tape it was paid for with public money i m sure we have a right to see