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Politics

John Edwards Called Mistress Rielle Hunter a "Crazy Slut," Says Former Aide Andrew Young

| by Michael Allen

When John Edwards learned that Rielle Hunter was pregnant with his child, he reacted with disbelief and said "She's a crazy slut," former aide Andrew Young testified Tuesday.

Testifying Tuesday in the second day of Edwards' criminal trial in Greensboro, N.C., Young recalled delivering the news to Edwards in the summer of 2007 after Hunter called Young at home.

Young testified that Edwards "was very concerned. He was angry" and said that "there's a one-in-three chance [the child] was his."

Young explained how he coordinated three-way phone calls between himself, Edwards and Hunter to keep the affair secret from Edwards' wife, Elizabeth, who had discovered her husband had an affair with Hunter 2006, but was unaware that Hunter and Edwards were still in contact in the summer of 2007. 

Edwards, a former U.S. senator, is charged with illegally using campaign contributions to cover up his affair with Hunter while he was running for president. He has plead not guilty.

The prosecution has called Edwards a "master manipulator" who convinced Young to get more than $900,000 from two wealthy donors to hide the affair and pregnancy.

Hunter, who shares parenting responsibilities with Edwards, for their daughter Frances Quinn, is also expected to testify.