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Suit over Edwards sex tape settled

Posted February 23, 2012
Updated February 24, 2012

— John Edwards' former lover settled her lawsuit Thursday against a former Edwards aide over a videotape purported to show the two-time Democratic presidential candidate engaging in extramarital sex.

Terms of the settlement between Rielle Hunter and Andrew Young and his wife include destroying the sex tape within 30 days.

"She's pleased with the outcome," attorney Alan Duncan said of Hunter.

"There were no 'winners' as such," said the Youngs' attorney, David Pishko.

Hunter sued the Youngs two years ago, seeking to recover personal items she said they took from a house she was renting in Chatham County in 2007. The items include a video she recorded with Edwards during his 2008 presidential campaign and photographs of him with their daughter.

The Youngs maintained that Hunter abandoned the items after moving out.

The video and photos have been held under court seal since shortly after the lawsuit was filed, along with transcripts of a deposition Edwards has given in the case.

Duncan said Hunter's intent has always been to get her property back, and the settlement achieves that. Aside from the video, the photos and a baby name list will be returned to Hunter.

The settlement also precludes the Youngs from using any photos of Hunter or her daughter to promote "The Politician," Andrew Young's tell-all book about the Edwards campaign and a planned movie based on the book.

Likewise, Hunter cannot sell or broadcast any photos she has of the Youngs.

John Edwards/Rielle Hunter Purported sex tape to be destroyed

The Youngs admit no liability in the case, according to the settlement, and Pishko said Hunter's attempt to block Andrew Young from testifying against Edwards in his federal trial on campaign finance violations "failed miserably."

Edwards has been charged with six felonies and misdemeanors in connection with the use of nearly $1 million from two wealthy donors to conceal his affair and child with Hunter. His trial has been delayed until at least late March as he undergoes treatment for an irregular heartbeat.

Hunter's attorneys have sought contempt of court charges against the Youngs for providing some of the confidential documents to federal agents investigating Edwards.

The Youngs said they were only complying with a secret federal subpoena.

Although the settlement doesn't prohibit the Youngs from cooperating with prosecutors in Edwards' case, it doesn't resolve the pending contempt of court proceedings.

The settlement also calls for the Youngs to make a good-faith effort to provide Hunter with a list within 20 days of material that they turned over to the government and to make a similar effort to destroy any copies of the sex tape that federal authorities might have.


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  • forautumn Feb 24, 2012

    This whole think stinks.....just digusting.

  • westernwake1 Feb 24, 2012

    "dont want to see his buttocks or her face bouncin up and down anyways" - redneck39

    Eye bleach please.

  • Rebelyell55 Feb 24, 2012

    The aid is one sick individual who is still hoping to get some money off of this. Why keep the tape? But then he's a policitican says a lot about his character don't it.

  • melmika Feb 23, 2012

    Soon we may hear those six little words that will sum up his political career. 'Do
    you want fries with that?'

  • TITAN4X4 Feb 23, 2012

    I still can't wait for the legal trial! His "heart condition" should be better after this civil suit.

  • quaten Feb 23, 2012

    Suit over Edwards sex tape settled.

    Thank goodness for that. Hope the whole episode is soon forgotten. It's horrible when we have endure years of someone's sexual mis-conduct as news.

  • redneck050 Feb 23, 2012

    dont want to see his buttocks or her face bouncin up and down anyways

  • el conquistador Feb 23, 2012

    Mt interest......0 (zero). I never liked that fake "aw shucks" appeal that so many in the media fell for...

  • boolittlek Feb 23, 2012

    It's like Edwards, Hunter, and the Youngs are in a race to see who can be the most despicable. Can't we just call it a draw and rid ourselves of all of them?

  • gammasandi Feb 23, 2012

    John and Rielle, your rock is waiting...go crawl under it...