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John Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, says she's sorry

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Years after the scandal, the death of Elizabeth Edwards, and the end of the criminal case against her lover, Rielle Hunter says she's sorry.

In a blog published Tuesday by the Huffington Post, Hunter apologizes for her "wrong, selfish behavior."

"I hurt Elizabeth and her kids. I hurt her family. I hurt John's family. I hurt people that knew Elizabeth. I hurt people who didn't know Elizabeth but loved her from afar," writes Hunter.

Hunter and then-presidential candidate John Edwards began having an affair while on the campaign trail in 2006. Their relationship produced a child.

Edwards went to elaborate lengths to try to hide the affair from the public and his wife - including allowing an aide to claim he was the father of Hunter's baby.

Federal prosecutors alleged Edwards used money from wealthy campaign donors to pay for the cover-up. Jurors acquitted Edwards on one count of accepting illegal campaign contributions and deadlocked on five other felony counts. The judge declared a mistrial. Prosecutors said they wouldn't retry Edwards, and the charges against him were dropped.

After years of battling breast cancer, Elizabeth Edwards died in 2010.

Hunter went on to write a book about what happened. She also apologized for that Tuesday in the Huffington Post piece.

"...instead of apologizing when I should have, I went on to hurt more people by writing a book. I truly did not realize at that time how damaged I was and because of that, when I wrote my book I made more mistakes, ones I feel horrible about," she wrote.

Click here to read the entire apology

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