August 9th, 2008
09:02 PM ET
12 years ago

Ex-Edwards mistress says no to paternity test

(CNN) - The woman who had an extramarital affair with former presidential candidate John Edwards won't seek a paternity test to prove whether he's the father of her 5-month-old child, her lawyer said Saturday.

In a statement he provided to the Washington Post, attorney Robert Gordon said Rielle Hunter is a private citizen and that she will not comment further on the media frenzy sparked Friday when Edwards publicly acknowledged the affair.

"She wishes to maintain her privacy" and the privacy of her child, Gordon said in the statement. "Furthermore, Rielle will not participate in DNA testing or any other invasion of her ... privacy now or in the future."

Gordon confirmed to CNN that he provided a statement to the Post. He said Saturday he would not immediately be releasing the statement to anyone else and will not be doing interviews about it.

After months of denying the affair, Edwards admitted making "a serious error in judgment" in 2006 when he had an affair with Hunter, a filmmaker who worked making videos for his presidential campaign.

He said her child is not his, as had been claimed in tabloid reports, saying the timing of the affair would make that impossible. A former Edwards campaign aide, Andrew Young, has publicly said the child is his.

Edwards said he was willing to take a paternity test to clear up the question.

"Happy to take a paternity test ... would love to see it happen," he said in an interview with ABC News.

Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina, was the Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 2004. He made an unsuccessful bid for his party's nomination in this year's election and had been considered a possible VP choice for presumptive nominee Sen. Barack Obama - or a contender for attorney general or another top government post if Obama wins in November.

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soundoff (66 Responses)
  1. m.c.

    Could this "lack of good judgement" also be the reason Edwards endorsed Obama and not Hillary???

    August 10, 2008 12:08 am at 12:08 am |
  2. non white & non-black person

    i guess it's okay for McCain to cheat on his disabled wife but it's wrong for a democrat to do it. I guess there are different rules for the republicans and democrats(both are wrong for cheating), it looks like Bush really scared the crap outta america. We can't even question when a republican does something wrong. I mean why aren't the republicans getting the same scrutiny as dems.

    August 10, 2008 12:12 am at 12:12 am |


    August 10, 2008 12:25 am at 12:25 am |
  4. Abby

    Edwards is a Disgrace! A Liar & FRAUD.
    Shame on the DNC for not checking this guy out – just like obama.

    August 10, 2008 12:36 am at 12:36 am |
  5. BK

    Makes it sound like she knows its not his and just wants to keep doubt in the air to give him even more grief. Its none of our business; its between him and his wife. I never understand why pent up religious zealots have to be so sex-crazed and obsessed with this kind of news. I guess they're pent up.

    August 10, 2008 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  6. jason

    who cares! this is between him and his wife – the rest of the country would rather know about his voting record and rationale for that voting record. if he cheats on his wife – oh well! that's really none of our business! Why do you media bafoons feed us this drama crap, but never give us anything that effects WE THE PEOPLE?

    August 10, 2008 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  7. Brian, Pittsbrugh

    The Edwards Affair sure is getting a lot of press coverage. You'd think he was a presidential candidate. Here's a better question...

    Senator John McCain, have you ever had an affair? YES, he has. But I haven't it ONCE in the mainstream media.

    August 10, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  8. Greg

    I feel bad for everyone involved. I wish Elizabeth, Rielle and John all the best.
    BTW, has anyone seen the Cindy McCain tape they are talking about?!?!

    August 10, 2008 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  9. mike

    Edwards is a traitor. He put our country at risk for his own personal interests. He should be tried as such. Had he won the presidency, and this sordid story come out after, it would have seriously damaged our international credibility. There are those in prison now for the same consequences from "what if" scenarios. Why should he be held to a lesser standard?

    He knew he was an untenable candidate while running,. Or at the least knew he couldn't achieve the office to which he pretended to aspire. In addition to criminal penalties, contributors to his campaign should be due a refund – paid from his personal funds.

    August 10, 2008 12:49 am at 12:49 am |
  10. J.P.

    John Edwards......LOL!

    August 10, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  11. Joel

    Wow, a has-been politician is revealed to have cheated on his sick wife and the world comes to an end. McCain _dumped_ his sick wife for a rich heiress half his age. Where's the moral outrage about that?

    August 10, 2008 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  12. Mark Ramsey MD Milwaukee WI

    Of course this was orchestrated. He already knew she would say no to testing before he said yes to it. Can you say "da da"?

    August 10, 2008 01:21 am at 1:21 am |
  13. prezobama

    I think an investigation into who really paid for her "hush" money needs to be launched: Fred Baron, Edwards' campaign finance director, or the actual campaign donations? Something still seems fishy. I think the child is his.

    August 10, 2008 01:32 am at 1:32 am |
  14. Rob indetroit

    This is none of our business!!!!

    August 10, 2008 01:52 am at 1:52 am |
  15. Annie

    I'd like to know what reason she doesn't want the kid to have a test. If Edwards is willing to do it, she should too unless she is lying and the other guy, Andrew Young, is really the father.

    August 10, 2008 01:53 am at 1:53 am |

    if she wants to maintain her privacy....she shouldn't have slept with an insanely public figure.

    August 10, 2008 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
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