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Push for secrecy in Edwards sex tape case questioned

Posted May 5, 2010

— A Superior Court judge ordered Wednesday that a deposition given by the mistress of two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards be sealed for at least 45 days.

Judge Allen Baddour said attorneys for Rielle Hunter and Andrew Young would then have to agree on what segments of Hunter's testimony could be made public.

Hunter, a former campaign worker who gave birth to Edwards' daughter, sued Young, once a top aide to Edwards, in January, claiming that he took a videotape that purportedly shows Edwards engaged in extramarital sex and photographs of him with his daughter.

Hunter says that the items were removed from a house Young rented for her in Chatham County, and she alleges that Young wanted the video and photos to generate publicity for "The Politician," his tell-all book about Edwards' affair.

Young asked the the suit be dismissed because Hunter repeatedly canceled appointments to give her deposition.

Baddour ordered Hunter to give a deposition after repeatedly questioning the need for secrecy in a case that has been splashed across tabloid newspapers and entertainment television shows for months.

Hunter discussed the affair last week on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," and she also gave a lengthy interview to GQ magazine, a story most noted for a photo of Hunter surrounded by stuffed toys on a bed while wearing only a shirt.

Young, meanwhile, also has appeared on Winfrey's show, as well as morning news shows to promote his book.

"There is going to be discussion (in the deposition) of things of a personal, private nature," said Alison Van Laningham, one of Hunter's attorneys. "Without the court's intervention, there is a great potential for abuse.

"The public disclosure of those private facts can't come back."

Baddour pointed out that depositions aren't filed in court and generally aren't public materials, but Hunter's attorneys said they fear Young would use statements made during her deposition in future interviews.

Young's attorney, Robert Elliot, said he worried that Hunter would use anything Young says after the deposition to pursue a contempt of court ruling against him.

"Mr. Young has been very professional in keeping this information from the public," Elliot said.

In March, Young surrendered copies of the sex tape and CDs filled with photos to another Superior Court judge who had threatened to jail him on a contempt charge. The items will be kept under seal until the lawsuit is resolved.


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  • itsmyownopinion May 6, 2010

    To all of you who claim you don't care, stop coming here and wasting my time by saying so. If you truly didn't care, you wouldn't bother to read and post. Get it?
    If WRAL didn't post the story, you'd be screaming "cover-up."

  • familyfour May 5, 2010

    This is a farce and should be illegal to continue to be on the front page. We have children being abused, people being killed, and all y'all can worry about is a sex tape?! Well, now I know why and where the problem BEGINS.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama May 5, 2010

    The scary thing is how close John Edwards got to the Oval Office.

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama May 5, 2010

    Wonder how much John Edwards is paying for Hunter's lawyers to keep his actions out of the public eye.

    Anyway, Hunter gave up her right to privacy when she did the GQ and Oprah interviews.

    This seems to be a battle between Hunter and Young to see who can profit the most from this mess while keeping the other from profiting.

  • wakeforest914 May 5, 2010

    arent we glad he never made it to the Presidency!!! what do you have to say now WRAL since you used to be ALL OVER his bandwagon!?

  • R_U_breakdance fighting May 5, 2010

    she's just gross

  • dlentz2 May 5, 2010

    Don't worry SeanKelly15 even if Hunter gets it, it will be on the internet. She said it was made in the "heat of the moment" yeah, she set the camera up, focused on the bed and got naked. And she doesn't even know how to destroy the film. My 3 yr old granddaughter could do that. She is looking to make some money off this. You can take that to the bank.

  • Retired07 May 5, 2010

    I wish all this waste of court time and tax money could be billed back to the participating parties. No one else cares any more. We do care about wasted tax money though!!

  • csplantlover May 5, 2010

    Have we still not heard enough from these guttersnipes??? Must we continue to be pelted with grizzly details of their love affair and nasty little secrets? MOVE ON!!!

  • spotted horse rider May 5, 2010

    Nobody cares. . . . . . .