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Originally posted 05/08/2012 08:05PM
John Edwards has never spoken publicly about his feelings for Rielle Hunter, but new testimony offers insight into his relationship with his mistress with whom he has a daughter.
His former speechwriter Wendy Button testified Tuesday at the former senator's campaign corruption trial, saying that Edwards admitted he loved Hunter – though described the relationship as "complicated."
Edwards spoke about the relationship when answering mock questions as he practiced what he would say during a press conference where he planned to admit he fathered a child with Hunter.
"Do you love Rielle?" Button testified she asked Edwards as Button was playing the role of a reporter. "Yes, it's complicated," he answered in July of 2009, according to Button.
Originally posted 04/24/2012 03:00PM
When John Edwards learned that Rielle Hunter was pregnant with his child, he reacted with disbelief – and a verbal swipe at his mistress, a witness testified Tuesday.
"She's a 'crazy slut,' " former aide Andrew Young says Edwards told him.
Testifying Tuesday in the second day of Edwards's criminal trial in Greensboro, N.C., Young recalled delivering the news to Edwards in the summer of 2007 after Hunter called Young at home.
Describing his phone conversation with Edwards, Young testified, "He was very concerned. He was angry."
Originally posted 07/21/2011 12:50PM
John Edwards was ordered on Thursday to repay the treasury $2.3 million, the Federal Election Commission ruled unanimously.
Edwards, 58, was indicted early last month for breaking campaign finance laws by using political funds to cover up the affair with his mistress Rielle Hunter and their love child.
Federal auditors said all but approximately $200,000 of the total $13 million he received for his 2008 presidential campaign came from federal matching funds, The Washington Post reports.
Originally posted 06/03/2011 03:10PM
A federal grand jury has charged John Edwards with breaking campaign finance laws by using political funds to cover up his affair and out-of-wedlock child with Rielle Hunter while he was running for president in 2008.
He was indicted Friday in North Carolina on six counts, including conspiracy, four counts of illegal campaign contributions and one count of false statements.
Edwards arrived Friday at the federal courthouse Winston-Salem, N.C., with his daughter Cate for his initial appearance before U.S. District Judge Patrick Auld. Edwards pleaded not guilty.
Originally posted 05/25/2011 05:00PM
John Edwards soon may be charged with breaking campaign finance laws by using political funds to cover up his affair and out-of-wedlock child with Rielle Hunter during his 2008 presidential run.
"We've learned that the government is pressing ahead to prosecute, and this phase of the case is swiftly coming to a conclusion," a source told PEOPLE.
Investigators believe that money from outside political groups and Edwards's donors was paid to Hunter and onetime aide Andrew Young to keep the affair and love child a secret.
An attorney for Edwards, Gregory Craig, confirmed the government is preparing a criminal case.
"John Edwards has done wrong in his life – and he knows it better than anyone – but he did not break the law," says Craig, according to The Washington Post. "The Justice Department has wasted millions of dollars and thousands of hours on a matter more appropriately a topic for the Federal Election Commission to consider, not a criminal court."
A source close to Edwards says he has, in recent weeks, appeared despondent over the case and isolated himself at the family's sprawling Chapel Hill, N.C., home, where he is sole parent to his two young children, Emma Claire, 13, and Jack, 11.
Hunter, meanwhile, lives in Charlotte, N.C., with her daughter Quinn and continues to have contact with former senator, a source tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 01/07/2011 01:40PM
John Edwards is not engaged to Rielle Hunter, an Edwards family friend confirms to PEOPLE.
"It's not true," the friend says of a tabloid report that Edwards, 57, has proposed marriage to Hunter, 46.
Although Edwards has neither confirmed nor denied whether he and Hunter are romantically involved, another source close to the former Presidential candidate tells PEOPLE their relationship is primarily about being parents to daughter Frances Quinn, who turns 3 in February.
Originally posted 11/10/2010 06:20PM
Don't believe the hype.
That's the message from Rielle Hunter, who is fighting back against widely picked-up reports that she fought with John Edwards and flew to Los Angeles to see Matt LeBlanc and John Cusack.
"The story is not true," Hunter's spokesperson RoseMarie Terenzio tells PEOPLE in an exclusive statement. "Rielle Hunter has not been to Los Angeles in two years."
Last week, the National Enquirer reported that Hunter, who has a 2-year-old daughter, Quinn, with Edwards, had been "unfaithful" after she traveled to L.A. to look up "old flames" Cusack and LeBlanc.
Originally posted 04/30/2010 03:20PM
Rielle Hunter is no television novice.
Before her much-buzzed about appearance on the Oprah Winfrey Show this week, John Edwards's mistress appeared on an episode of the word game Lingo. Hunter taped the appearance in 2002, and the show aired originally on Jan. 7, 2003.
Watch, in a new clip released by GSN, as Hunter and her partner have to guess a mystery word to solve the puzzle. In the clip, her team wins a round after correctly intuiting that the secret keyword is "wacko."
GSN re-ran this classic Lingo episode on Friday.
Originally posted 04/29/2010 02:00PM
John Edwards’s former mistress Rielle Hunter contends that she is not to blame for the demise of the politician's marriage to Elizabeth Edwards and that the couple had problems for "many years" before she entered the picture.
"I do not believe I wrecked his home," Hunter, who has a child with Edwards, says on The Oprah Winfrey Show Thursday.
She says people who call her a fame-seeker or home-wrecker "bought into the myth of the [Edwards] marriage, [that] it was so perfect and it was so wonderful and I destroyed it," she says.
Hunter knew Edwards was a married father before the affair started, but says she couldn’t stop herself. "The power of the love does override all the issues that come up," she says. "He wanted to be with me and their marriage had problems for many years." Hunter also claims John Edwards knew she wasn’t using birth control during their affair and never asked her to terminate the pregnancy.
But she refuses to reveal the current status of her relationship with the one-time presidential candidate, telling Oprah Winfrey that the information is private.
Originally posted 03/18/2010 07:35AM
Jaws dropped nationwide when Rielle Hunter's provocative photo shoot and interview with GQ hit the Web Monday morning. But what did Elizabeth Edwards think when she saw it?
"She was disgusted by the photos like everyone. But she moved on pretty quickly," a source close to her admits to PEOPLE in the issue set to hit newsstands Friday.
Determined to tune out the scandal and create a new life for herself, Elizabeth has taken up painting, is writing a new chapter for the summer release of the paperback edition of her 2009 Resilience, and is organizing a mother-daughter book club for her and Emma Claire, 11, her sister, Nancy Anania, tells PEOPLE. "She seems to be happy and at peace."
Moving on. That's also what John Edwards, her estranged husband and "Johnny" to former mistress Hunter, is trying to do, says a close friend of his.
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