Rielle Hunter on night with Edwards: 'Intensity like a rock concert'
June 22nd, 2012
11:19 AM ET
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Rielle Hunter on night with Edwards: 'Intensity like a rock concert'

(CNN) – The woman at the center of one of the 21st century's most salacious political sex scandals said in an interview airing Friday she has no regrets about falling in love with a married presidential candidate.

Rielle Hunter, who carried out an affair with former Democratic Sen. John Edwards while acting as a campaign videographer, made the comments in an interview with ABC News.

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"I don't regret falling in love, and I don't regret loving him, nor do I regret our daughter," Hunter said in the interview, portions of which aired on "Good Morning America" Friday.

In August 2008, Edwards admitted to an affair with Hunter, a onetime videographer for his presidential bid. At the time, the former North Carolina senator denied paternity of the daughter she had given birth to six months earlier.

The Justice Department had accused Edwards of using nearly $1 million in illegal campaign contributions to keep his pregnant mistress under wraps as he mounted a second presidential bid in 2008. But after more than 50 hours of deliberation, a North Carolina jury acquitted him in May on one of the six counts against him and deadlocked on the other five.

Edwards eventually acknowledged paternity of the daughter he fathered with Hunter, and after the May 31 mistrial, he talked about "my precious Quinn, who I love more than any of you can ever imagine."

In the interview Friday, Hunter describes the first time she encountered Edwards.

"He rounded the street corner, and it came out of my mouth: 'You're so hot,'" Hunter said.

She said she accompanied Edwards to his hotel room because she thought, "I could help him."

"What a joke, for the outside world looking in. 'Boy did you sure help him,'" she said mockingly.

The pair's first evening together, Hunter said, was unlike anything she had ever experienced.

"Something internally happened with me," she said. "I responded. I have never seen that before. I had not experienced or felt what was happening before. Intensity like a rock concert."

Edwards' marriage with wife Elizabeth, who died of cancer in 2010, was in shambles before she entered the picture, Hunter alleged in the interview.

"Their marriage was ruined years before I got there," she said, adding that before his relationship with her, he had carried out other extramarital affairs.

"I was not the first," she said.

Elizabeth was not the saintly figure the media portrayed her to be, Hunter claimed, saying the former political wife had another side that was rarely revealed. Elizabeth and John Edwards separated in 2010.

"The full truth needs to be in the public domain," Hunter said. "Their father's not a demon and their mother's not a saint, and I'm not a home-wrecker. We're real human beings, and there is a real dynamic that was going on, good and bad, and we all made mistakes."

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soundoff (184 Responses)
  1. LJ

    My heart goes out to Cate, Jack, and Emma Claire Edwards! Little Quinn is innocent & precious, too. Quinn will learn the truth as time goes by–the sins of her arrogant, pompous father, and her pathetic, home-wrecking mother. God bless these innocent kids!

    June 22, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. D

    As someone who has had her husband be aggressively pursued by someone very much like Rielle, she makes my stomach turn. What a sorry piece of work you are, Rielle. Even if their marriage was in shambles, you had your own sick motivations. You need help.

    June 22, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    This just moved into first place on my list of least important things I've ever seen reported as "news."

    Journalism is already dead, guys. You don't have to take a dump on its corpse.

    June 22, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  4. joe smith

    my take is; he just didn't want to play ball with some very influencial contributors..like the union boys, and they either knew of his activities, or set him up..enter obama, who they control..very simple..

    June 22, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  5. DM

    Spoken like a true rock-star groupie . . .

    June 22, 2012 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  6. Linda Mash

    Sorry but this woman is a real sack of sh-t and so is John Edwards. There is a God and justice will be served. She needs to quit badmouthing Elizabeth and realize had she not gotten pregnant and blackmailed him she would just be another notch on his belt of conquest. She is a homewrecker and is TRASH?

    June 22, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Pander Bear

    She should go on the road with Donna Rice. Right into the middle of the road. In traffic.

    June 22, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  8. pat

    This girl is clueless ...Hasnt anyone ever told her about not talking bad about the dead.. Hope she can sleep at night.......She out did monica for sure..

    June 22, 2012 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  9. oldoc

    This woman is human garbage...plain and simple!

    June 22, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  10. Me

    And that may all have some light to it – but please shut up Mrs. Hunter.

    They were married. He is a pig, we know. He broke his marriage (he did, no matter who she was at least as far as we know: he is who broke the marriage agreement to stay true to one another throughout the marriage). Have respect for his wife whether she is still alive or not. Have respect for their mutual kids. Have respect for your own dang kid. Shut up.

    Please ask yourself why you at all have the need to put this in 'public domain'? This is not about you trying to save the world, or the kids this man had in his marriage. This is aaaaaall about you – you are a selfish person who needs to restore yourself in the public eye and I think you fear in the eye of your small child. I don't think you can with teh rest of us, and you don't need to with your daughter. You are her Mom,she will love you regardless. She will not need to hear from others that you are good or bad. Did you hear that: that goes for his kids of that marriage too. They do not need to hear from you about the marriage of their parents, or the mature of their parents. So again. Shut up!

    June 22, 2012 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Obama 2012 - BEND Forward America, take another 4 long years of OBAMA FAILURE

    cscheall - Selfish, homewrecking, egotistical, narcissistic 'ho.
    ================================================
    ...looking for same, and John Edwards answered the ad and it sure sounds like a perfect match. He indicated that God might not be done with him quite yet but I can assure him, the rest of the people on this planet, except this POS loser, are very much done with him.

    Now I wish CNN and the rest of the "news" organizations would consider these people dead and buried. Nothing about them should be considered newsworthy.

    June 22, 2012 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  12. Amazing

    Why does the media continue to treat this woman with attention? She is just as sleazy as Edwards and it clear she is after the money. With the real poltical issues we face, this article is the equivalent of Jersey Shore!

    June 22, 2012 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  13. Marie MD

    I know uncerstand. He had other affairs so why not with Mr. Hot!
    What really bothers me is that they were planning their wedding before Elizabeth died.
    So clarry of her to speak ill of the dead. The woman whose husband she was cheating with. That shows you the character, or lack of character, of these two!

    June 22, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  14. shannon

    Im shocked that any reputable news outlets would even consider her news worthy. No matter what shape his marriage was in, she still pursued a married man. Its like shes trying to validate her adulerous affair by saying terrible things about Elizabeth Edwards....which disgusts me and Im sure many other people. I feel so bad for his children and sorry that Quinn has such a sorry excuse for a mother.

    June 22, 2012 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  15. FedUp

    Of she has no regrets. She is making millions and has her face plastered all over TV.. So what is she is perceived as a person with no morals. Disgusting – both her and Johnny boy. The poor child will never have a moral compass.

    June 22, 2012 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  16. chechi

    This woman has no class ! How easy to dismiss all the trouble she caused and how mean to talk on those terms about a private family which she destroyed all for an easy lay. She has a daughter, so better watch out because "what goes around comes around". It would be wise to keep you away from Edwards oldest kids, you are just poisoning to them. You like your situation because you found somebody to suport you, pray that it last!!!!!

    June 22, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  17. CB

    Dean

    If it was George Bush we would be reading comments in here about Republicans and their family values.

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    Oh, give me a break. Newt Gingrich is a member in good standing of the slimeball club right alongside Edwards.

    June 22, 2012 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  18. barbra k

    Mrs. Hunter has all of the answers about John Edwards, exactly as he told her about his , marriage. John said it was over. Johns wife did not feel that way.John's wife was heartbroken over his affair. So much so, she put him out. She later passed away without the phony doting by John.Elizabeth was a god woman, but there is only a so much she could take. Meantime, Mrs. Hunter and John didn't have enough sense to try to avoid a pregnancy. All they did was follow their passions.John and Reille are two worthless human beings. JUST MEANT FOR EACH OTHER.!!! UGH!!!!!

    June 22, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Rielle is bad-mouthing his dead wife. Really? How miserable must you be to attack someone who is not here to defend herself. It's obvious that Rielle was intimidated by his wife. She's still fighting her ghost.

    Get over it Rielle. He married her first. He might marry you someday but you will NEVER be his first wife. You will always be second banana. Deal with it.

    The American public is not interested in her whiny, sickening behavior. GO AWAY.

    June 22, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  20. Class is Dead

    Really? People have affairs, I get that, and there's always 3 sides to every story. But this woman should show an ounce of dignity and class and KEEP HER MOUTH SHUT. Crawl into a hole. Don't talk about it. Regardless of the reasons, you had an affair with a married man, and you should be ashamed. He should be ashamed. I'm ashamed, I would have voted for him.
    AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, do not, and I mean do NOT talk about his dead wife. No, I'm sure she wasn't perfect. None of us are. But you are the dirty mistress and not the one to point that out, particularly when she's not here to defend herself. What a sick & sleezy pair.

    June 22, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  21. Pete45

    Can't wait for stories like this to start spewing all the crap about how "moral" you are.....the hypocrites are the first ones to jump all over this...have that stone ready for casting?

    June 22, 2012 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  22. Class is Dead

    Really? People have affairs, I get that, and there's always 3 sides to every story. But this woman should show an ounce of dignity and class and KEEP HER MOUTH SHUT. Crawl into a hole. Don't talk about it. Regardless of the reasons, you had an affair with a married man, and you should be ashamed. He should be ashamed. I'm ashamed, I would have voted for him.
    AND MOST IMPORTANTLY, do not, and I mean do NOT talk about his dead wife. No, I'm sure she wasn't perfect. None of us are. But you are the dirty mistress and not the one to point that out, particularly when she's not here to defend herself.

    June 22, 2012 05:01 pm at 5:01 pm |
  23. Sally_Tatala_Oregon

    You and John Edwards deserve each other. Trash by any other name still smells

    June 22, 2012 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  24. Wowsers

    Simply have more respect for his children with his wife – shut the hell up! This is so disrespectful to them – bad mouthing their dead mother and putting this all out in public. Who cares?! This disgusts me and it should disgust him if he had any ounce of respect for himself - obviously he does not. So sad....

    June 22, 2012 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  25. Tam

    Wow, she has something to be proud of and tell the world? All this for money? No shame? Both of you, pathetic.

    June 22, 2012 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
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