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Rielle Hunter apologizes for Edwards affair

Posted October 15, 2013

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— The former mistress of John Edwards said in an online column Tuesday that she was sorry for all of the trouble caused by her affair with the two-time Democratic presidential candidate.

Writing in the Huffington Post, Rielle Hunter said that, after years of feeling victimized by the media and the public, she now recognizes that she "behaved badly."

"Back in 2006, I did not think about the scope of my actions, how my falling in love with John Edwards, and acting on that love, could hurt so many people," she wrote. "Unfortunately, I was not thinking about anyone but myself. I was selfish."

Hunter goes through a litany of mea culpas to apologize to Edwards' late wife, Elizabeth, their family and friends and all of Edwards' campaign supporters. She said she only compounded the problems she caused by writing a book about the affair and the daughter she and Edwards have together.

The column appeared on the same day an annotated version of her book went on sale. The updated version includes notations on all of her regrets and mistakes, she said.

"Owning your past mistakes is no day at the beach, but I do believe it is an important endeavor to undertake," she wrote.

Edwards, a former U.S. senator from North Carolina, was cleared last year of campaign finance charges related to his affair. Federal prosecutors accused him of using campaign cash to hide a pregnant Hunter from the media, but a jury acquitted him on one charge, and five other charges were dismissed after jurors couldn't reach a verdict.

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  • spunkyisbackagain Oct 18, 2013

    Too little, too late, you are just looking for more minutes of fame.

    Although I do agree with another poster in that I'm glad you helped show him for what he really is.

  • obs Oct 18, 2013

    Apologize? I thank you heartily. You helped bring Edwards down in a big way. Well done, now go have a life.

  • bombayrunner Oct 17, 2013

    Rielle Hunter apologizes for Edwards affair ... and expects everyone to believe her, as she tells all in her new apology book ...

  • Viewer Oct 17, 2013

    Many vitriolic posts here. Those of us who claim to be Christians are supposed to forgive, but not necessarily forget, others' transgressions. Obviously it ain't easy; I still won't pay to see Jane Fonda perform.

    In this case I don't understand the vehemence from those who were not directly affected. Are there some skeletons in your closet that need cleaning out?

  • Lightfoot3 Oct 17, 2013

    "Really....." - 678devilish


    No, not really. It was an obvious joke.


    "ALL THAT SCHEMING WAS ALL JOHN EDWARDS IDEA." - 678devilish


    I don't remember the lady objecting. She went right along with the scheme, probably hoping to have an eventual piece of the pie if Edwards went to the oval office.


    "JOHN EDWARDS KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS DOING" - 678devilish


    As did this lady. Takes two to tango.


    "IF NOT, JOHN EDWARDS WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE WHITE HOUSE AS VICE PRESIDEN. THAT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN GOOD" - 678devilish

    While I'm gald he's done, this disaster actually happened AFTER his VP run and only came out AFTER his SECOND attempt at the White House.

    "Just wonderingf why Edwards do not apologize? It was his fault." - 678devilish

    It was BOTH their fault, but apparently he's not pushing a book. When he does, you'll see a similar "apology" like hers.

  • 678devilish Oct 17, 2013

    Just wonderingf why Edwards do not apologize? It was his fault.

  • 678devilish Oct 17, 2013

    I apologize to the general

    cecil822

    What are you so guilty of that you have to apologize for someone else? What part did you play in all of this?

  • 678devilish Oct 17, 2013

    I was wrong when it turned out I was really right.

    Really.......Please. Only you cannot see your wrongful ways. What do others see in you, including your so-call friends?

  • 678devilish Oct 17, 2013

    MANY THANKS TO THE REPORTER WHO BROUGHT ALL OF THIS TO LIGHT FOR THE NC PEOPLE TO SEE. IF NOT, JOHN EDWARDS WOULD HAVE BEEN IN THE WHITE HOUSE AS VICE PRESIDEN. THAT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN GOOD.

  • 678devilish Oct 17, 2013

    Probably something to do with her bedding a married man

    I DON'T BELIEVE SHE HAD A LOADED GUN TO HIS HEAD. JOHN EDWARDS KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HE WAS DOING. HE WAS TRYING TO FOOL THE NC PEOPLE BUT ALL THAT TRUTH CAN TUMBLING OUT.

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