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Edwards' mistress seeks profits from tell-all book, movie

Posted June 9, 2010

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— The mistress of two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is demanding all profits from a tell-all book written by a former Edwards aide, as well as profits from any movie based on the book.

Rielle Hunter alleges in court documents that Andrew Young used videos and photos taken from her to wrangle a publishing deal for his book, "The Politician," and a possible movie.

Neither Young nor his attorney could be reached for comment Wednesday.

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

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.

Young, who pretended to be the father of Hunter's child during the 2008 presidential campaign, has said that he kept the video and photos solely to corroborate his story and never used them for publicity or profit.

He also contends that Hunter abandoned the property in a rented house in Chatham County and that she cannot claim he invaded her privacy because she has openly discussed her affair with Edwards in television and magazine interviews.

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  • 2beachy4u Jun 11, 2010

    wildcat, She needs to take the blame for her actions. As shortcake53 said, it takes two to tango. She knowingly had an affair with a married man. She is trash...and is half of the blame!

  • lorivalentine1 Jun 11, 2010

    Freedom of speech people... She is no better than a prostitute on the street.. she new he was married and chose to have the affair any way. She can certainly write her own book and provide plenty of down and dirty details if she chooses. She should not be looking to leech off some one else's bright idea.

  • shortcake53 Jun 11, 2010

    It takes two to tango wildcat, shes shares as much blame as he does.

  • wildcat Jun 10, 2010

    John Edwards is the one to blame for all of this.

  • wildcat Jun 10, 2010

    She put herself in this situation. She should be ashamed of herself since she had an affair with a married man. It sounds to me like this whole thing was a set up, even the child. Cheaters never prosper...
    2beachy4u

    IT WAS JOHN EDWARDS FAULT! WHY BLAME THE GIRL.

  • wildcat Jun 10, 2010

    She can write her own book. The profits should go to the Youngs entirely.

  • mramorak Jun 10, 2010

    well duh!

  • scraitup Jun 10, 2010

    I would like to see that tape!!!

  • CarolinianByChoice Jun 10, 2010

    Wish the bunch of amoral sleadzoids would just disappear back under the rock from where they crawled. Edwards, “the great pretender” lies out of both sides of his mouth simultaneously. Hunter doesn’t get anybody’s sympathy for having sex with a married man – can you say trash? Andrew Young hid the truth from everyone because he thought Edwards was a great friend & politician? Andrew’s wife must have absolutely NO self-esteem since she let her husband parade around in public as the father of someone else’s child. Good Lord, can you imagine trying to explain that one to your kids when they got older? If I wanted that kind of corruption in politics, I’d move back to Louisiana – at least they are HONEST about the fact that their crooked!!

    I always thought being able to sue for Alienation of Affection was rather humorous, but at this point I'd love to see Elisabeth take down Rielle Hunter AND the Youngs.

  • 2beachy4u Jun 10, 2010

    She put herself in this situation. She should be ashamed of herself since she had an affair with a married man. It sounds to me like this whole thing was a set up, even the child. Cheaters never prosper...

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