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Edwards Admits Affair,

Says Enquirer Was Right

8/8/2008 5:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He's a liar! Former Presidential candidate John Edwards has admitted to lying about having an extramarital affair with a former staffer.

In an interview with ABC's "Nightline" that airs tonight, Edwards admits he had a sexual affair with 44-year-old Rielle Hunter, but claims he did not love her.

Edwards does say, however, that he knows he is not the baby daddy of Hunter's little girl based on the "timing" of the kid's birth in February of this year. He claims the tryst ended too soon for him to be the dad, although he has not taken a paternity test.

And the story gets better ...

Hunter met Edwards at a bar in 2006. After their meeting, his campaign paid her $114,000 to create campaign spots, even though she was fairly unqualified to do so. According to Edwards, he made sure to tell Hunter that his wife's cancer was in remission before they hooked up. How big of him.

The National Enquirer first broke the story of the alleged affair last October. At that time, Edwards hooted and hollered that the story was "false," adding "It's completely untrue, it's ridiculous." He even repeated that denial two weeks ago after the Enquirer updated their story reporting that Edwards and Hunter met up at a Bev Hills hotel. He admits in the interview the story was right.

And get this, Edwards says he never paid Hunter to keep her mouth shut, but admitted it was possible that some of his friends did without telling him.

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Crystal    

first!!! OMG it's so nice to know that presidintial candidates are human after all...blah

2246 days ago
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Cubs2009    

Doh! Looks like he could presidential material after all!

2246 days ago
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dave    

damn tmz, I know you are trying to get stuff up quick, but would it kill you to run spellcheck?

2246 days ago
4.

BronzedBum    

LMAO! The National Enquirer a true story?

2246 days ago
5.

john wayne gacy    


unqualified ?

please;

what woman IS qualified to perform
anything except service the account........



2246 days ago
6.

Happy Holidays    

So now we are supposed to believe him when he says he didn't father the "love child?"

2246 days ago
7.

Liz    

So, now he is admitting "half truths"?! I guess some people don't know when to stop lying!

2246 days ago
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Pinxslip    

What? A politician admitting he lied? What next...dogs and cats procreating? Somebody check Hell because it has definitely frozen over.

2246 days ago
10.

OCD    



"I did not have sex with that woman" is now "I had sex with her but the baby isn't mine,"

Hmmmm.

2246 days ago
11.

FireEmAll    

LMAO actually the fact that a politician lied and had an affair as his wife suffered with cancer isnt surprising at all. The fact that TMZ ran a negative story on a Democrat, however, FLOORS ME.

2246 days ago
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Jennifer    

Does this even really matter? All it shows is that he's human. Sure, the affair was wrong, but he IS human. It would be news-worthy if Bush had an affair. But someone as intelligent and decent-looking as John Edwards? That's NOT news LOL

2246 days ago
13.

Mikey    

I BELIEVE THE KID IS HIS AND HE'S LYING AGAIN.

POLITICIANS CAN'T HELP BUT LIE. ITS IN THERE DNA!

2246 days ago
14.

sam    



When are they gonna learn to keep "Mr. Winkie" where he belongs?

2246 days ago
15.

There is no such thing as reality tv    

I always thought Edwards seemed like a fake, but then again, what politician isn't? The real story is that the National Enquirer was right...wonder how right they may have been in the past now?

2246 days ago
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