Former U.S. Senator and two-time presidential hopeful/ infamous adulterer John Edwards is on trial facing criminal charges–including conspiracy, four counts of receiving illegal campaign contributions and one count of making false statements for allegedly soliciting and spending over $925,000 to cover up his affair.
If you haven’t been keeping up with the scandal, here’s the scoop:
Edwards had an affair with his campaign videograpaher, Rielle Hunter, while his wife Elizabeth was busy battling breast cancer. The National Enquirer outted the affair multiple times, also reporting that Hunter was pregnant with Edwards’ child. Edwards’ former aide, Andrew Young, stepped in and claimed that he in fact, was the father.
Edwards ultimately dropped out of the presidential race in January 2008, and Hunter gave birth to a daughter that February.
The National Enquirer wouldn’t relent, and Edwards continued to deny allegations, calling the publication, “tabloid trash full of lies.” Eventually, Edwards admitted to the affair, but did not own up to fathering a child with Hunter until his after his wife’s passing; his daughter was nearing her 2nd birthday. In a statement made January 21, 2010, Edwards said, “It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter, and, hopefully, one day, when she understands, she will forgive me.”
An investigation into Edwards’ campaign finances was launched in 2009. Here we are 3 years later, and John is getting his day(s) in court.
That’s all well and good, but I am most excited about Rielle Hunter’s triumphant return to the spot light. Will someone please give this woman a reality show?
Rielle, formerly known as Lisa Jo Druck, is already comfortable in front of the camera. Just check out her IMDb page ! She already has a gross sex tape no one wants to see (with John Edwards). Bonus!
In the 80s, Rielle (known then as Lisa Jo Druck) served as inspiration for Alison Poole’s character in Jay McInerney’s Story of My Life. “When she wasn’t out at nightclubs, she was taking acting classes,” McInerney told the New York Post. “We dated for only a few months, but in that period, I spent a lot of time with her and her friends, whose behavior intrigued and appalled me to such an extent that I ended up basing a novel on the experience.”
Alison Poole also makes cameo appearances in Brett Easton Ellis’s American Psycho and Glamorama. For excerpts, read on.
Years later, she’s yet to lose edge. Who can forget her pantless GQ interview? First, win ‘em over with charming statements like, “Most of his mistakes or errors in judgment were because of his fear of the wrath of Elizabeth . . . And you know, the wrath of Elizabeth is a mighty wrath.” If that doesn’t work, show some skin!
If you still aren’t convinced she’s a good fit for a reality show? Let me share some of my favorite outtakes from her April 2010 interview with Oprah:
- On Edwards at the time they met: “He wanted help. He wanted to be more authentic. He wanted to live a life of truth.”
- On Edwards announcing his candidacy mid- affair: “He was in extreme conflict about it … He was, I believe, addicted to campaigning.”
- On Edwards reaction to Rielle’s was pregnancy while he was still running for president of the United States: “He was very gracious … I wouldn’t say he was supportive. I’d say he had a lot of issues with the timing.”
- On birth control: “We never used birth control.”
The NY Post is reports that John and Rielle’s relationship has cooled; I am going to believe that’s just trial-related PR strategy. I prefer the story that The National Enquirer ran last month John and Rielle are going for a second baby.
I wouldn’t normally consider them to be a reliable source, but a) they’ve gotten so much right about these two and b) I have to have faith for the sake of their future reality show. This would be perfect fodder—fertility issues, the possibility of multiple births… And maybe, just maybe a wedding!
If I can’t have a reality show, I’ll settle for a Lifetime Original Movie starring Penelope Ann Miller as Rielle Hunter and Dennis Quaid as John Edwards.