Judge: Hunter not entitled to book, movie profits

July 15, 2010 4:49:09 AM PDT
The struggle over profits from John Edwards' former aide Andrew Young's tell all book about Edwards called "The Politician." may have come to an end.Last month, Edward's mistress Rielle Hunter asked a judge to allow her to amend her a lawsuit against Young so that she could seek all the profits from the book.

Hunter's attorney has argued their client should either be given damages or restitution.

However on Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Carl Fox ruled Hunter is not entitled to money from Young's book.

Hunter and Young have been battling in court for months over a video purportedly of Edwards having sex with Hunter, along with some still images of the pair.

Hunter claims the material is her property, but Young and his wife have argued that Hunter lost rights to it because she left it behind at a house in Chatham County where they lived with Hunter at one point in time.

Young's attorney has argued in the past that Hunter only wanted the sex tape after the book came out.

“Nobody’s making money on the Edwards’ sex tape and nobody has ever made money from the tape,” said Robert Elliot, Andrew and Cheri Young’s attorney, earlier this month.

According to Elliot, the most important legal question is who really owns the Edwards’ sex tape?

Hunter's attorney argued Young stole items that helped him sell his book.

“[Young] legally cannot profit from his wrongdoing,” said Wade Barber, Hunter’s lead attorney.

Hunter worked for the John Edwards for president campaign as a videographer.

In court last week, Young's attorneys claimed evidence shows Hunter’s contract with the Edwards’ campaign shows all tapes and the video camera that were used by Hunter were bought and paid for by the Edwards Campaign Committee. They contend every video of Edwards by Hunter is the property of the Edwards Campaign - not Hunter.

Later in the hearing, Judge Fox said he was willing to order John Edwards to testify after Young's attorney complained he couldn't find the two-time presidential candidate.

Since then, Fox has ordered Edwards to appear for a deposition, but he is currently out of the country with his estranged wife, Elizabeth Edwards.

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