05/09/2012 AT 03:45 PM EDT
Before John Edwards admitted to fathering a child
with mistress Rielle Hunter, he reached out to Hollywood friends including Sean Penn, Madeleine Stowe and Crash
director Paul Haggis, a witness testified Wednesday.
The former presidential candidate, on trial in Greensboro, N.C., on campaign corruption charges,
made dozens of revisions to a public statement about the illegitimate child and sent copies to the show business supporters, his former speechwriter Wendy Button told the jury.
No reason was provided for sending around the draft. It also went to other people, Button said.
The final statement was issued in January 2010 in which he said he was the father of then-2-year-old girl named Quinn and revealed that he had been providing support for the child.
"To all those I have disappointed and hurt these words will never be enough, but I am truly sorry," he said in the statement.