EXCLUSIVE: Judge Orders Former John Edwards' Aide Back Into Court Over Sex Tape

Feb. 2 2010, Published 6:36 a.m. ET

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A North Carolina judge has ordered John Edwards' former aide Andrew Young and his wife Cheri back into court to answer why they have not returned the alleged Rielle Hunter sex tape, has confirmed.

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Judge Abraham Jones issued a second Show Cause Order against the Youngs, ordering them back to his North Carolina court on Friday.

During their next appearance, Judge Jones will ask why they should not be held in contempt of court for failing to comply with the previous restraining order obtained by Hunter.

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Hunter, Edwards' former mistress and the mother of their 2-year old daughter Frances Quinn, went to court to prevent Young from disseminating the tape to promote his book about the scandal-plagued politician.

In a sworn affidavit, Hunter claimed Young and his wife had stolen the tape (along with two others) from a hat box she had hid them in at a former North Carolina residence they had access to.

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Hunter also alleges that the couple took personal photographs of her daughter from her computer and digital camera.

Young says he found the tape in the trash and it was marked “special.” Other sources say he was given the tape by Edwards during the affair cover up and was asked to hide it.

Either way, the tape remained with Young after Edwards admitted to the affair. When Young realized he could profit from his role in the Edwards affair, he not only made a book deal but also explored marketing the tape for “a fortune,” a investigation uncovered.

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Edwards is clearly visible in the tape although Hunter’s face is never shown. It is clear that Edwards is with a pregnant woman.


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