Rielle: There is sex.
Rielle: I don't think there was a lot of thought going on in the heat of the moment. It was something behind closed doors that was private, and I believe should remain private. It was meant for that, and then, after the fact of doing this, because of being a public person and because of it being taped, we said: "Well, that was not a great idea. Let's do something to prevent anyone from seeing it." We don't want anyone to see our private business. So I took action to destroy the tape and kept it in my personal belongings so no one would get ahold of the tape.
Oprah: Did you think you had destroyed the tape?
Rielle: I did think I had destroyed it.
Oprah: What did you do to destroy the tape?
Rielle: I cut it, and I pulled it out of the casing.
Oprah: Why didn't you burn it or stomp on it or throw it in the incinerator?
Rielle: Right, that was the first thought now that comes to me, "Why didn't I burn it?" I have no idea why that thought didn't occur to me then.
Oprah: Tell me this. Was John Edwards upset with you that that tape had not been destroyed?
Rielle: I think he's as mortified or exposed as I am. I mean, it's not a good thing for either one of us. It's violating on every single level.