John Edwards Sex Tape Worth "Gigantic Amounts of Money," Says Former Aide

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RALEIGH, N.C. (CBS/AP) What's a sex tape allegedly featuring John Edwards and his mistress Rielle Hunter worth? "Gigantic amounts of money," according to former Edwards aide Andrew Young who says he's rejected offers to release the video.

Photo: John Edwards, Rielle Hunter.

Young claimed in a book released last week that he found the tape in a box left in a home he and his wife had shared with Edwards' mistress, videographer Rielle Hunter.

"I could not have told this story without including this sex tape," Young said in an interview that aired Monday on ABC's "Good Morning America." "We've been offered gigantic amounts of money and we've said no."

Photo: John Edwards and videographer Rielle Hunter in New Orleans, Dec. 27, 2006.
Meanwhile, Hunter wants the tape back. Last week, she won a temporary restraining order in a North Carolina court demanding Young return a 2006 video "of a very private and personal nature." She also filed a lawsuit against Young and his wife, seeking a jury trial and damages for invasion of privacy.

Deputies said in court documents filed Friday that they went to Young's home to try to recover the tapes and personal photographs of Hunter. But Young's attorney told them no.

Young has said he kept the tape along with phone messages from Edwards to back up his account of what he saw as he helped Edwards cover up the affair and a resulting child. Edwards' lawyers have accused Young of writing "The Politician" for financial gain, which Young denies.

Young was asked Monday whether he planned to relinquish the videotape as Hunter demanded.

"I'm going to let my lawyers handle that," he said.

Last month, Edwards admitted paternity of Hunter's daughter, who is nearly 2. He and wife, Elizabeth, are now separated.

Hunter worked for Edwards as a videographer during his second presidential bid. Edwards is still facing legal questions about campaign money paid to Hunter.

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