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John Edwards: Even Worse Than You Thought


Edwards Referred to Hunter as a 'Crazy Slut'

Former aide Andrew Young testified that Edwards called mistress Rielle Hunter a "crazy slut" after she told Edwards she was pregnant in June 2007. Young said Edwards told him there was "a 1-in-3 chance" that the child was his.

He Asked Sean Penn For PR Advice

Edwards reached out to Sean Penn, Madeleine Stowe and Crash director Paul Haggis before admitting to fathering a child with mistress Rielle Hunter, former campaign speechwriter Wendy Button testified. Button helped Edwards work through 13 drafts of a statement admitting paternity in the summer of 2009 but did not end up admitting paternity until January 2010.

Justice John Edwards?

Former Edwards campaign adviser Leo Hindery testified that Edwards told him to reach out to then-Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama to make sure they knew he was up for the VP slot despite the unfolding mistress scandal. Edwards allegedly said he would trade his endorsement in exchange a spot on the ticket. Hindery testified that Edwards believed he could be attorney general if he wasn't made vice president.

"We talked about a more elaborate long-term goal of Mr. Edwards, which was to be a Supreme Court justice," Hindery testified.

Told Aide To 'Go Fuck' Himself

Edwards allegedly told Peter Scher to "go fuck [himself]" when he confronted him about the affair.

"I told him if it was true that he was having an affair with Ms. Hunter, he should not run for president," Scher testified. "If it was true, eventually it would come out and it would destroy his political career."

Bunny Thought Edwards Should Pay For His Own Girlfriend

Designer Bryan Huffman, an interior designer who is close with 101-year-old Edwards donor Bunny Mellon, testified that the heiress wasn't one to judge someone having an extramarital affair but did have an opinion about how her money was spent.

"She thought maybe you should probably pay for your girlfriend yourself," Huffman testified.