February 5th, 2010
01:56 PM ET
13 years ago

Judge orders ex-Edwards aide to turn over sex tape

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/02/05/art.edwards.fil.gi.jpg caption="A judge has ordered ex-Edwards aide Andrew Young to turn over a sex tape said to depict Edwards and his former mistress."](CNN) - An ex-aide to former Sen. John Edwards was ordered Friday to turn over a sexually explicit tape said to depict Edwards and his former mistress, an official in a North Carolina court said.

Judge Abraham Penn Jones found former Edwards aide Andrew Young and his wife, Cheri, in civil contempt of court, said Tammy Keshler, a judicial assistant in Chatham County Superior Court.

He ordered them to give the court the tape and other materials they may have by 2 p.m. Wednesday, she said. The judge said he could jail the Youngs if they do not comply, she said.

The Youngs appeared in court in Pittsboro, about 35 miles west of Raleigh, North Carolina, to contest a temporary restraining order forbidding them from disseminating the videotape.

The couple has said they possess "a video recording showing Senator Edwards engaged in sexual activities with a woman who, from all indications, is not his wife and who the Youngs believe to be Ms. Hunter, based upon her appearance," court documents say.

The woman on the tape is visibly pregnant, the Youngs say. That means the video might not be the one specified in the restraining order, because Rielle Hunter, Edwards' former mistress, said that tape was created in September 2006, the Youngs say.

Hunter gave birth to a child in February 2008.

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. crooksliersthiefs

    Is this another CNN game of guess that party?

    February 5, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  2. Sabrina


    February 5, 2010 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  3. JonDie

    John Edwards is a slime ball but Andrew what's-his-name is JUST AS BIG A SLIME BALL. They should both be sentenced to share a bed with David Letterman.

    February 5, 2010 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  4. Proud Obama Hater

    This is definitely NOT a tape,I'm dying to see!

    February 5, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  5. Hugo

    Obama = BEST President Ever February 5th, 2010 5:39 pm ET

    8 won't be enough to get our AMERICA back to being that Shining Beacon on a Hill.
    We will be lucky after 4 if there is anything of our America left. I personally don't dislike President Obama, I just don't think he has a clue as to what is going on nor do I think he was ready for the job, it is readily apparent through what is going on. I truly do not like his ideology of what role Federal Government is to play in our lives and I tend to believe that his choice of people for high level positions is totally misguided.

    February 5, 2010 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  6. Keith in Austin

    I've seen the tape! Aside from being a total slimeball, John Edwards has extremely small winkie!

    What a creep!

    February 5, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  7. DeLiRon

    Everyone in this motley crue should be arrested, including Elizabeth. They got together to fool the American public into voting for this guy, knowing he was having an affair, (and except for Elizabeth), that there was a pregnancy involved. I am a democrat and I would have voted for John Edwards had he won the nomination. And now the Youngs expect the same American people he tried to fool to buy his book? Next John will write a book, then Elizabeth followed by all the other characters in this sad story. It makes me sick.

    February 6, 2010 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  8. DeLiRon

    JR. I understand what you're saying and agree with you. But in today's society with the 24hr news cycle this secret would have come out and would have created a major distraction. Look how bad it got with Clinton and there was no baby involved. You & I and countless others believe it is indeed private but the republicans (even the ones who agree that it was private), would have taken this story and ran it into the ground. And let us not forget the other mistresses the would be popping out of the woodwork.

    February 6, 2010 06:22 am at 6:22 am |
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