Reporting from Washington — Rielle Hunter, the former mistress of John Edwards, won ownership through a legal settlement Thursday of a sex tape she and Edwards filmed at the time of his 2008 campaign for president.
The tape was being held in a vault at a North Carolina courthouse pending a lawsuit filed by Hunter against former Edwards aide Andrew Young and his wife, according to the Associated Press. The couple, with whom Hunter lived in 2007 while she was pregnant with Edwards’ baby, claimed Hunter had left the tape in a box of trash.
The settlement requires that copies of the tape be destroyed within 30 days.
The Youngs also agreed not to discuss the tape or other personal items they had found.
“We are extremely pleased to have this case resolved,” the Youngs said in a statement. “There were no ‘winners’ as such, in that each side had returned back to it that which it believed was its own property, although it was mutually agreed that certain materials should, per the court’s order, be destroyed.”
RoseMarie Terenzio, a spokeswoman for Hunter, told WTVD-TV in Raleigh that Hunter “is very pleased. She won.”