Rielle Hunter: Edwards Had Other Affairs

Reveals Edwards' former mistresses in memoir
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2012 10:46 AM CDT
Rielle Hunter: Edwards Had Other Affairs
In this Dec. 27, 2006 photo provided by the National Enquirer, former U.S. Sen. John Edwards, D-NC, is shown with videographer Rielle Hunter in the 9th Ward of New Orleans, La.   (AP Photo/The National Enquirer)

More tidbits from Rielle Hunter's memoir are dribbling out, and ABC News has one particularly juicy revelation: Hunter claims she was not John Edwards' first mistress. The two-time presidential candidate actually had at least two other affairs dating back two decades, Hunter writes in What Really Happened, out a week from today. When he first met Hunter, Edwards told her he was involved with three other women—one each in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Florida—but that actually wasn't true.

He continued discussing these other mistresses, but last year admitted to Hunter that he had made them up entirely so that Hunter wouldn't get too attached. He also said he used the same tactic with his other former mistresses (the two he actually had been involved with), for the same reason. But ultimately, he led Hunter to believe she was his final lover. Though Hunter remains vague in the book about her current relationship with Edwards, she will reportedly reveal their status in a 20/20 interview airing Friday. Click for more "sordid details." (More Rielle Hunter stories.)

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