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Edwards asks that mistress's stuff not be destroyed

Posted March 2, 2012
Updated March 3, 2012

Editor's Note: WRAL News initially interpreted court documents incorrectly and reported that John Edwards asked for a delay in the court-ordered destruction of a sex tape he made with Rielle Hunter. In the order returning the tape and other items to Hunter, Judge Carl R. Fox allowed Edwards or other parties to delay that destruction, but specifically exempted the tape from any stay. 

Ahead of his federal trial involving alleged campaign finance violations, John Edwards is asking a judge to keep some materials ordered returned to his mistress from being destroyed.

In a request filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Greensboro, Edwards asks that the court implement a stay in a settlement involving Rielle Hunter and his former aide, Andrew Young.

Hunter sued Young and his wife in 2010 over an alleged sex tape she made with Edwards and other personal items the couple claimed she abandoned in a box of trash. Hunter lived with the Youngs in 2007, while she was pregnant with Edwards' baby.

The Youngs agreed to give up their claim on the property, which has been in a courthouse vault. A Superior Court judge ordered that they destroy the tape and get any other items back for Hunter within 30 days of the settlement.

Superior Court Judge Carl R. Fox offered Edwards the ability to request that destruction of any of Hunter's property, except the sex tape, be delayed.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of using campaign money to cover up his affair with Hunter during his unsuccessful 2008 presidential candidacy. In documents filed Friday, Edwards' attorneys wrote that they will "consult with the government regarding the appropriate method," and reserved the right to request that some items be turned over to their team.

His trial begins in April and is expected to last about six weeks.


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  • Karmageddon Mar 6, 2012

    Rumor is that the sex tape was really John with Bunny Mellon. Rielle did the filming while John sang "Just A Gigolo"

  • barbstillkickin Mar 5, 2012

    He just wants to watch his filthy movies over and over. He is a sick man and I do not mean just his health. He should be behind bars like all the other criminals.

  • keneds Mar 2, 2012

    Dude, you know you didn't ask for

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  • computer trainer Mar 2, 2012

    Maybe he wants to prove that it was money well spent.

  • XLAW Mar 2, 2012

    I would like to see a link to Edward's motion and be able to read the rationale for the strange request.

  • backthepack Mar 2, 2012

    Strange. VERY VERY VERY STRANGE. He must want to keep it in order to prove something at a later date.....Maybe he is going to use it to protect himself if Hunter ever seeks legal action against him, both agreeing to engage in sex or something.....??????

  • jblake1932 Mar 2, 2012

    No, he wants to sell the story to Hollywood.

  • adw2 Mar 2, 2012

    I'm wondering the same thing. Maybe he'll convince Rielle to go back to him, since he's a widow. Interesting.
    does he want the tape for his personal video collection or something?!?!

  • mmtlash Mar 2, 2012

    does he want the tape for his personal video collection or something?!?!