As long as there have been politicians, there have been political scandals. It's a story that's all too familiar—charismatic candidate gets caught cheating on his wife. But, in former vice presidential nominee John Edwards' case, the deception didn't stop there.
An extramarital affair, an unplanned pregnancy, a paternity scheme, a sex tape and a presidential campaign may sound like the makings of a Hollywood script, but these events all contributed to John's fall from grace.
In 2006, few people had heard of Rielle Hunter, a videographer hired to document John as he campaigned across the country. Then, rumors of an affair began to surface. The media reported that John had cheated on his wife of more than 30 years, Elizabeth Edwards, with Rielle and secretly fathered a daughter named Quinn.
When Oprah sat down with Elizabeth
, a mother of three battling an incurable form of cancer, she said she learned about her husband's affair in December 2006, just days after John announced his candidacy.
Elizabeth thought the affair was over, but in May 2007, Rielle became pregnant with John's child. Seven months into the pregnancy, a tabloid reporter snapped Rielle's picture, and their secret was almost exposed.