Rielle Hunter, left, in an Aug. 6, 2009, photo, and former U.S. senator and presidential candidate John Edwards in a May 10, 2012 photo.
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Edwards' mistress tells her side of story
- Article by: MEG KINNARD
- Associated Press
- June 17, 2012 - 8:17 PM
When John Edwards faced the prospect of an indictment that could put him behind bars, he calmly told his mistress he would probably wind up in a low-security prison in Virginia more like a country club than a jail. She quickly told him she and their daughter would move there to be near him if that happened.
Rielle Hunter details their phone call just days before his indictment in her new memoir, purchased by the Associated Press ahead of its release.
"What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter and Me" also includes descriptions of outbursts by Edwards' wife, Elizabeth. At the end of the book, Hunter says she still has romantic feelings for Edwards but doesn't know how their relationship will turn out.
On the day of the indictment, the two shared a surreal phone call as a newspaper reporter banged on Hunter's door in Charlotte, N.C., while the man she refers to as "Johnny" throughout the book called her cell phone to say that he was also being pursued.
The book is being released through a boutique publisher, BenBella Books, on June 26.
Federal prosecutors spent a year prosecuting Edwards, culminating in a six-week trial that ended last month with acquittal on one count of accepting illegal campaign contributions and deadlock on five other felony counts. The judge declared a mistrial. Federal prosecutors then said in a court order earlier this month that they wouldn't retry Edwards, and the charges against him were dropped.
Hunter writes that Edwards is a doting father when he's around their daughter, now 4, but that his obligations to his other children curtail their time together. "He is a great dad to her when he is with her," Hunter writes.
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