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Former Edwards aide won't be charged in sex tape case

Posted December 19, 2010 4:09 p.m. EST
Updated December 19, 2010 5:55 p.m. EST

— Andrew Young, the former John Edwards aide who made national headlines last year for his alleged possession of a sex tape featuring Edwards and his mistress Rielle Hunter, will not be charged with perjury in the case.

Orange County District Attorney Jim Woodall said not charging Young with perjury was a close call, but that there was not enough evidence at this time to show that Young lied about material facts of the case.

Hunter, who had an affair with Edwards that led to the birth of their child in 2008, sued Young earlier this year to regain possession of "private videos" she made with Edwards.

Young surrendered the tape to a Superior Court judge who threatened to jail him on a contempt charge in June.

Woodall said that more hearings are expected in the coming months and Young could still be charged if evidence surfaces that he perjured himself on something material to the case.