Edwards aide: I hid his pregnant mistress

NEED TO KNOW
  • John Edwards was Sen. John Kerry's running mate for 2004 presidential race and a 2008 presidential candidate
  • Edwards is on trial for making false statements, conspiracy, and violating campaign laws
  • Edwards' former aide testified Tuesday that he helped hide Edwards' pregnant mistress from the public
Edwards aide: I hid his pregnant mistress

John Edwards’ former aide Andrew Young testified in Edwards campaign fraud trial Tuesday, saying the 2004 and 2008 presidential candidate called his mistress a “crazy slut” when he found out she was pregnant.

Young says when he told Edwards about Rielle Hunter’s pregnancy, Edwards replied, "She's a crazy slut" and said that there was a one-in-three chance it was his child.

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Edwards is on trial for using almost $1 million dollars in campaign contributions to illegally conceal his pregnant mistress from the public and continue his run for the presidency in 2008.

READ MORE: Get caught up on the Edwards trial

Young told the court that Hunter moved into his house with his family for three months to help conceal her from the public.

"She could go shopping at Neiman Marcus, but she couldn't go to the grocery store," said Young.

On Monday, Young discussed how money was funneled from donors to pay for Hunter’s medical, living, and travel expenses. For example, one of the donors would make personal checks out to her interior decorator, who would then write checks that would end up in Young’s bank account.

Hunter eventually moved out of the Young's home and into a gated community, and Young said the money was used to pay for $2,700 in monthly rent and purchases of furniture, a television and a BMW. Hunter also was given a credit card with someone else’s name on it.

Edwards allegedly told Young to keep Hunter to a budgeted allowance every month. 

"$5,000 a month was the typical amount, but there were a couple of times where we gave $12,000 a month," said Young.

Court is back in session Wednesday. There are no cameras allowed in the courtroom, but In Session and HLN are following this trial closely, and will bring you all the details.

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