Can you believe there’s now a sex tape in this mess?
John Edwards‘ former mistress (and mother of his two-year-old daughter) Rielle Hunter was awarded a temporary restraining order in North Carolina on Jan. 28 against John’s former aide Andrew Young, who she says is in possession of a sex tape she made with John in 2008. “I believe that Andrew Young may publish the video to others [and] is presently engaged in efforts to sell the video or a copy of the video to others,” Rielle said in an official court document. Rielle is actually worried Andrew may have several incriminating items, including sexy photographs she claims he took from her without permission.
It’s also possible there could be more than one tape! Rielle told a judge that a private moment between her and John was filmed in 2006, but that she decided to “destroy” the tape six months later. The tape she was referring to appears to be different than the one she currently believes Andrew is trying to sell. Rielle has already sued Andrew and his wife, Cheri, for invasion of privacy.
Andrew’s tell-all book about John, The Politician, hits bookstores today, and John is working overtime to diffuse the damage. He hired lawyers Wade Smith and James Cooney III, who famously cleared several Duke University lacrosse players of rape charges in 2006. Though his lawyers have yet to read the book, they released a statement, saying, “From media reports, it is obvious that there are many allegations which are simply false,” the legal team said in a press release. … We urge extreme caution by everyone involved.”