Judge orders ex-Edwards aide to turn over sex tape
A Superior Court judge on Friday ordered a former aide to two-time Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards to turn over a videotape that purportedly shows the candidate having extramarital sex.Posted — Updated
Judge Abraham Penn Jones said the tape, as well as several photos, need to be surrendered by 2 p.m. Wednesday. All items will remain sealed by the court until a lawsuit over them is resolved.
"Please comply so we don't have to go to the next step," Jones told Andrew Young and his wife, Cheri Young.
"We're happy to give the materials to the court," Andrew Young said after the brief court hearing. "In over two years, we never did anything with them. There's a reason nobody's ever seen the tape."
Eight photos are on Young's laptop computer in Raleigh, he said.
Hunter was in an undisclosed location in Pittsboro on Friday, ready to testify in the dispute if needed, said her attorney, Wade Barber.
The Youngs maintain that Hunter abandoned the items, saying she left them in the home and didn't ask about them for two years. They also question whether Hunter has a right to the sex tape, noting she might not even be the woman with Edwards on the tape.
"We don't believe Rielle owns it," Andrew Young said of the sex tape.
Hunter contends that the Youngs plan to use the items to generate publicity for Andrew Young's tell-all book about the Edwards campaign and the affair. "The Politician" went on sale last weekend and quickly became a national best-seller.
In a Monday interview with WRAL News, Andrew Young said he kept the video solely to back up his story about Edwards' affair. He said he never intended to profit from the video, noting he has turned down offers to sell it.
"I felt security having the tape," Cheri Young said. "It was proof."
Andrew Young said the tape shows Edwards' arrogance and cavalier attitude toward his affair.
"Just a couple of months before the presidential election, he tapes a tape with a clearly pregnant woman and then doesn't even go to the trouble to hide it or destroy it," he said.
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