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Report: Edwards' ex-aide sells rights to movie

Posted July 15, 2010

— Andrew Young, the former aide to two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, has sold the movie rights to his tell-all book about the politician's affair with a campaign staffer.

Young wrote in an e-mail to WRAL News that he has "come to terms with Aaron Sorkin on the movie." Sorkin is a writer and producer whose works include "The West Wing" and "The American President."

The New York Times reported that Sorkin has bought the rights to "The Politician," the best-selling book that chronicles the cover-up of Edwards' affair with videographer Rielle Hunter.

To protect Edwards' 2008 presidential campaign, Young claimed responsibility for the affair and paternity of Hunter's daughter. In August 2008, after dropping out of the race, Edwards admitted to his affair and then later acknowledged paternity.

A Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that Hunter cannot amend the lawsuit she filed in January against Young and his wife so she could seek profits from the book or movie.

Hunter sued the Youngs over the ownership of a videotape showing Edwards having sex and some photos of Edwards with his and Hunter's daughter. Judge Carl Fox said there was no legal basis for her to amend the suit.

In April, Yong announced that he had hired Hollywood super-agent Ari Emanuel to secure a deal for the film rights to "The Politician." Emanuel, the brother of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, also represents Sorkin.


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  • Desiderata Jul 16, 2010

    Honestly,,who cares..and if you do..GET A LIFE!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • wildcat Jul 16, 2010

    no wonder john left her to search for a kinder gentler person.

    I agree and she is much prettier than the wife, too.

  • wildcat Jul 16, 2010

    I hope the Youngs will roll into the money because of John Edwards and his mistress. Maybe he learned a hard lesson in this life.

  • drnc Jul 15, 2010

    I would not walk across the road to pour water on John Edwards' head if it was on fire. I feel certain most of my fellow citizens feel the same way.

  • ncwiseguy Jul 15, 2010

    rather than try to reconstruct my piece (the censors gave it the deep 6) on the visit i had with monty johnson, eliz edwards neighbor across old greensboro highway in chapel hill......i ll give you an abbreviated version.

    eliz talked bad about monty. so i went to monty's place and we ended up fishing in his pond an entire afternoon. we talked politics, people, and orange county.

    my assessment........monty is a nice guy, completely wronged by eliz edwards comments. she is a hateful woman.

    no wonder john left her to search for a kinder gentler person.

  • sophiemom Jul 15, 2010

    I agree, it does have a Jerry Springer feel to it .. or maybe Maury Povich.

  • ncwiseguy Jul 15, 2010

    wral censors..........wont even post my comments my visit with monty johnson........the guy eliz edwards spoke so poorly of.

    shame on you censors..........SHAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • oyid Jul 15, 2010

    Pure genius! Ha ha..."The lawsuit cannot be amended" Nice, I like to see smart moves like that. He he...Young found a solution to the annoying gnats by outsourcing production of the "Scandal of the decade" movie.

  • VT1994Hokie Jul 15, 2010

    Money grubber ex-aide. I would not pay to see it. John Edwards totally ruined his career. But, he still has so many millions, he will be OK. But, his name and reputation is gone forever. Money can't buy true happiness. I also agree with pappybigtuna1.

  • pappybigtuna1 Jul 15, 2010

    John did to the girl, what obama is doing to us. It is called reach around