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John Edwards’ ‘Hush Money’ For Pregnant Mistress Paid By 101-Year-Old Supporter

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May 4 2012, Published 12:30 p.m. ET

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The trial of John Edwards sank to new lows Friday morning with the bombshell testimony of Bryan Huffman, who claims that his 101-year-old friend, Rachel ‘Bunny’ Mellon, unknowingly provided the ‘hush money’ used by the Senator to cover up his affair with his pregnant mistress Rielle Hunter.

The 101-year-old charity supporter met the Democratic presidential contender in 2005 at her Virginia home, and was so impressed with him that she immediately lent him her personal plane.

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Mellon was unaware of how the money was spent, Huffman said.

In addition to the $725,000 for Edwards, Mellon donated another $6 million to his political action committee and non-profit organization.

Edwards is charged with violating campaign finance laws by using nearly $1 million from wealthy donors to hide his pregnant girlfriend, and he could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Huffman will be back on the stand later Friday and he will be followed by Mellon's personal lawyer Alex Forger.

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Huffman said Edwards’ key aide Andrew Young then asked Mellon for $40 million to $50 million to fund the foundation.

Young has testified that he made the request after Edwards' asked him to.

"Bunny Mellon was a little upset that she was going to be out on the street corner, and they were going to have her farm for the foundation," Huffman said.

In an August meeting in Mellon's home, Forger talked to Edwards about the money and Edwards said he didn't know anything about the money or the foundation, Huffman told the court.

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