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John Edwards sex tape to be destroyed

Washington , Fri, 24 Feb 2012 ANI

Washington, Feb 24 (ANI): An alleged sex tape of former US presidential candidate John Edwards and his mistress will be destroyed within 30 days, after a lawsuit over who owned the tape was settled on Thursday.


Rielle Hunter sued former Edwards aide Andrew Young and his wife in 2010 over the tape and other personal items the couple said she left in a box of trash while they were helping her hide as the former North Carolina senator ran for the White House.


Hunter lived with the Youngs while she was pregnant with Edwards' baby, and Young initially said he was the father.


In the settlement, the couple agreed to give up their claim on the tape and other property, which has been held in the vault of a North Carolina courthouse. Hunter has long wanted the tapes destroyed.


"We are very pleased that this settlement achieved all that she had ever hoped to achieve with this lawsuit," Fox News quoted Allison Van Laningham, one of Hunter's lawyers, as saying.


A lawyer for the Youngs said they were pleased with the settlement.


"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," lawyer David Pishko said.


"Notably, notwithstanding the outlandish efforts of Ms Hunter's legal counsel to try to paint Mr and Mrs Young as liars and thieves, nothing could be further from the truth - as is unequivocally evidenced by this settlement agreement," he added.


The Youngs also agreed not to talk publicly about the tape or the other items, which include photos of Hunter in a bikini as well as picture of her with her child. There is also a tape of Frances Quinn Hunter's birth. She turns 4 years old on Monday.


The items also included a handwritten list of male names titled "The Slut Club" but it was not clear in the settlement what the list was referring to.


The tape shows Edwards in a sexual encounter with a pregnant Hunter, who filmed the tape. (ANI)



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