At long last, the John Edwards “sex tape suit” drama is over (hopefully)

Posted by: ST on February 23, 2012 at 7:12 pm


The long-running court battle over a sexually explicit videotape featuring former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards and his mistress, Rielle Hunter, has been settled out of court today and all copies of the tape will be destroyed, ABC News has learned.

According to North Carolina court officials and a Hunter spokesperson, Hunter and former Edwards’ aide Andrew Young, along with his wife Cheri, agreed to end their dispute more than two years after the case was originally filed. Under the terms of the settlement, all known copies of the sex tape are to be destroyed within 30 days. If other copies of the tape surface later, the agreement requires those to be destroyed as well.

The court determined that other disputed items in the case, including a series of intimate photos of Hunter and her daughter, belong to Ms. Hunter and would be turned over to her. The Youngs admitted no liability.

Hunter spokesperson RoseMarie Terenzio told ABC News today that ”Ms. Hunter is very pleased. She won.”
Hunter sued the Youngs in January 2010, claiming the couple had stolen from her a “personal and private” videotape that came to be known in court filings as “the Edwards sex tape.” She asserted that the Youngs were using the tape to help promote Young’s book, “The Politician,” which chronicles Edwards’ 2008 run for the Democratic presidential nomination and the candidate’s affair with Hunter.

Edwards gave a lengthy deposition in the case which eventually ended up in the hands of federal prosecutors who are pursuing a felony campaign finance case against the one-time North Carolina Senator. That trial had been scheduled to begin in January, but has been delayed because Edwards needs treatment for a heart condition.

“We are extremely pleased to have this case resolved,” the Youngs said in a statement released by their lawyer today. “There were no ‘winners’ as such, in that each side had returned back to it that which it believed was its own property, although it was mutually agreed that certain materials should, per the court’s order, be destroyed.”

Please, please, please, please, please let all those tapes really and truly be destroyed. Not only because I’m sick of hearing about John Edwards, but I’d be doubly sick if a tape copy became public. Not just because I believe such things should be private, but – well – I really don’t want to stand at the checkout line in the grocery store and see a screencap of their “intimate moments” on the front page of the Enquirer.


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7 Responses to “At long last, the John Edwards “sex tape suit” drama is over (hopefully)”


  1. Drew says:

    Oh, I don’t know. I pulled the wings off flies as a kid. I’d love to see sir Edwards – and what I’d really like to see is the media cover uppers – squirming like the dogs they are at the evidence all knew was true but covered up.

    Schadenfreude. :d

  2. John Bibb says:

    I don’t think that you can unring a bell. Or find all copies of a sex tape. Once information hits the Internet it’s on tens of thousands of servers and backups forever.
    John Bibb

  3. EBL says:

    I have seen enough of Edwards screwing us to have to go through it again like this. I am glad the tape will be destroyed.

  4. Drew the Infidel says:

    Edwards will also be seeking treatment for a condition involving lack of intestinal fortitude. “Virtue in the middle”, said the devil as he sat between two lawyers.

  5. Ken66 says:

    I’m kinda hoping Edwards goes to prison in the campaign finance case. After all, he promised he’d kill himself if he did.

  6. Dana says:

    If other copies of the tape surface later, the agreement requires those to be destroyed as well.

    Once it hits the internet, it’ll be all over; you can’t destroy that!

    But this raises the obvious question: why would Mr Edwards and Miss Hunter make such a tape in the first place? If he didn’t know that such a tape could destroy him politically when he made it, then he’s as dumb as a box of rocks . . . which is quite possible. If she didn’t know that this, if it ever got out, would trash her then-as-yet-untrashed reputation, she’s as dumb as a post.

    Of course, there’s the other obvious question: why did she get pregnant in the first place? Contraception is easily available and cheap. Mr Edwards had to know that he absolutely could not knock up his girlfriend in the middle of a presidential campaign, yet he did it anyway; Miss Hunter had to know that getting pregnant by a presidential candidate would both end his campaign, if it was discovered, and leave her on the outside for destroying his campaign.

    Sis, that was one really stupid Senator you had there!

  7. Tex says:

    If he had become President, Edwards could have gone down in history as the dumbest President ever, edging out the current record holder, Carter.