Hunter wants ‘private' video back

MORE THAN A CLOSEUP: Rielle Hunter, shown filming John Edwards after a rally in New Hampshire in 2006, also made a more private movie that she wants a former Edwards aide to return.
MORE THAN A CLOSEUP: Rielle Hunter, shown filming John Edwards after a rally in New Hampshire in 2006, also made a more private movie that she wants a former Edwards aide to return. (Chuck Olsen/associated Press)
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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Hunter wants 'private' video back

Sounds like there's at least one John Edwards sex tape -- and maybe two.

Rielle Hunter -- Edwards's former mistress and the mother of his 2-year-old daughter -- has taken legal action to retrieve a "very private and personal" videotape from former Edwards aide Andrew Young, according to court documents obtained by the Associated Press.

"In or about September 2006, using my video camera, I authored a personal video recording that depicted matters of a very private and personal nature," Hunter wrote in an affidavit filed Thursday in North Carolina. "In 2006, I was also having an intimate relationship with Edwards." A few months later, Hunter writes, she tried to destroy the video by pulling the tape from the plastic cassette. Then she left it in a box with personal belongings.

In his book "The Politician," released Saturday, Young claims to have found a damaged tape marked "special" in a box of trash while cleaning out a house he had rented for Hunter. After repairing the tape, he watched it -- only to see Edwards and a "visibly pregnant" woman doing something explicit. In an interview with ABC News, Young said the tape was made "just a couple of months before the Iowa caucuses," which were in January 2008.

If that's true, Hunter and Young are talking about different tapes. Hunter gave birth to Edwards's daughter, Frances Quinn, more than a year after she says her 2006 "private" video was made. And Young admits the "visibly pregnant" woman's face was never visible, although he says she wore jewelry identical to Hunter's.

For now, Hunter has been granted a restraining order against Young, who has refused to turn over the tape and other personal items of Hunter's. A sheriff's deputy told the New York Daily News that negotiations are ongoing.

In a statement, Edwards's attorneys urged "extreme caution."

"While we have not had an opportunity to view the interview or read the book . . . it is obvious that there are many allegations which are simply false. It appears that Andrew Young is primarily motivated by financial gain and media attention," the statement says.

Nick Cannon's baby talk

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon will celebrate their second wedding anniversary in May, and Cannon says they're thinking about babies.

"We absolutely plan to have a family," the 29-year-old rapper-actor tells MTV News. "But we gotta prioritize, because that's a major, major priority. That's like the only priority in life, when you think about it, is starting and raising a family. We wanna make sure everything is out of the way and that we don't have any distractions."

They're not there just yet, Cannon says. Carey, 39, is on tour, and Cannon is hosting "America's Got Talent." But "we got our house in L.A., and we got a house [in New York], established and close to schools. So we take all of that stuff into consideration," Cannon says.

The political family tree

Today in the Everyone Is Related to Everyone Else File:

-- President Obama and Scott Brown, the newly elected senator from Massachusetts, are 10th cousins. The New England Historic Genealogical Society said Friday that Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, and Brown's mother, Judith Ann Rugg, both descended from Richard Singletary of Haverhill, Mass.

-- ABC newsman George Stephanopoulos and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are "most likely" maternal cousins. Harvard scholar and Beer Summit participant Henry Louis Gates Jr., promoting his new genealogical TV show "Faces of America," shared the news with Stephanopoulos on Friday's "Good Morning America."

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"Well at least I wasn't the Edwards girl, right?"

-- Amber Lee Ettinger, better known as "Obama Girl," during an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News. Ettinger said she just doesn't "have that big crush" on Obama like she used to and expressed disappointment that he didn't thank her for her contribution to viral video. "He coulda gave me like a little thank you note, a high five, something -- I got nothing."

-- Marissa Newhall, from wire and Web reports

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