More John Edwards: Andrew Young says Elizabeth threatened to sue; John Kerry is 'shocked' and 'disappointed'
As it lurches to an end, the John and Elizabeth Edwards breakup is only getting uglier. After turning over copies of the sex tape allegedly made by the former senator and mistress Rielle Hunter in court Wednesday, Andrew Young told reporters Elizabeth has threatened to sue him for covering up the affair and damaging her marriage.
ABC News reported Thursday that she approached Young's legal team last week and threatened a lawsuit-- unless Young agreed to stop speaking publicly about the Edwardses' marriage, return voice mails she left for him, and donate $250,000 to the Wade Edwards Foundation, a nonprofit group named for her late son.
North Carolina is one of only seven states that allows third-party "alienation of affection" suits. Most are directed at the "other" man or woman; lawyers would have to prove Young maliciously helped to destroy a loving marriage.
No suit has been filed; Elizabeth Edwards has not responded to requests for comment.
But Sen. John Kerry, who picked his Senate colleague as his running mate in 2004, is finally talking.
"Honestly, it's a tragedy," he said in an interview with Larry King. "Everybody just feels awful about it, in terms of their family, their relationship that everybody saw publicly, the promise, the hope, you know, obviously a capable career."
Kerry said he has not spoken to Edwards recently, and that he was "shocked" and "obviously disappointed."
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February 11, 2010; 3:06 PM ET
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