Speaking on ABC's "The View," co-host Barbara Walters said she had talked to Hunter, 45, on Monday morning, and that Hunter had "cried for two hours" upon seeing the images and deemed them "repulsive."
Hunter trusted the photographer, Mark Seliger, to take classy photos, according to Walters. But several of them show Hunter lounging around in only a collared white dress shirt and no pants. "I went with the flow," Walters quoted Hunter as saying.
She's upset? Oh really?
The rest of the civilized world has been upset for some time now - and it has nothing to do with her being photographed in a bed with her daughter's stuff toys, wearing nothing but a man's white shirt and a string of pearls - although, now that I think about it, the photo is disturbing on *so* many levels.
Rielle Hunter is the woman who brought down John Edwards' presidential campaign. Well, she's one of the reasons the dirty rat b*stard (DRB) crashed and burned.
I'm glad the National Enquirer, that bastion of accuracy, wouldn't let up with their investigation about Edwards' affair with his campaign's "videographer." This time, the NE got it right.
According to stories, Hunter went up to Edwards in the bar of a New York City hotel and said, "You're so hot."
Then, Edwards - whose wife Elizabeth was waging a very public battle against cancer - took Hunter to bed. That night. DRB.
The airwaves, web and blogosphere are full of timelines of the affair that brought Johnny down.
Edwards' former aide, Andrew Young, has written a blistering tell-all that - if only 1/4 of it is true - should make all of us shudder when we think of how close this DRB came to being a candidate for the highest office in the land.
To be fair, Elizabeth Edwards doesn't come off as an angel in Young's book, but still - who cheats on a wife of 30 years who is battling cancer? I'll tell you who - a DRB.
Officials are now considering criminal charges against Edwards because he used campaign money to keep Hunter in a $20,000 a month house in California while she was waiting for their love child to be delivered. I hope they throw the book at him.
The Edwards are getting a divorce and Hunter is now professing her undying love for the DRB, saying she's helping him live a "life a truth" (See today's Associated Press story below).
Are you kidding me?
I do feel sorry for the child, 2-year-old Frances Quinn, but as for the DRB and his hot hotel hookup? They deserve each other.
RALEIGH, N.C. — The mistress of former presidential candidate John Edwards says she is helping him live "a life of truth" and the two remain in love even after their affair helped trigger his downfall from the pinnacle of U.S. politics.
"Everyone talks about how Johnny has fallen from grace," Rielle Hunter told GQ magazine in an interview released Monday. "In reality, he's fallen to grace."
In her first public comments since she became known as Edwards' other woman in 2008, Hunter didn't provide any details of their current status but said Edwards is a great father who wants to be there full-time for their daughter, now 2.
"I know he loves me. I have never had any doubt at all about that," Hunter said. "We love each other very much. And that hasn't changed, and I believe that will be till death do us part."
Hunter also posed for photos for GQ that show her on a bed, barelegged in a man's white dress shirt and a pearl necklace. In another shot, she's laying on her back holding her daughter in her arms.
She said she and Edwards had an immediate connection when they met at a New York City hotel in 2006, and she said she knew then that she was a special person to him.
"He in fact did say to me the first night, 'Falling in love with you could really (expletive) up my plans for becoming president,'" she said.
Hunter said she told him he shouldn't run for the White House and suggested he at least wait until April 2007 because her intuition and astrology suggested he would have a difficult first three months of the year. Elizabeth Edwards' cancer returned in March of that year. Hunter said John Edwards wanted to exit the race but that Elizabeth Edwards wanted him to stay in.
"And my surprise was that they stayed in the race," Hunter said. "I was shocked. I really viewed it as reckless."
Hunter said Edwards' marriage was already in shambles before their romance, declaring, "I was not the home wrecker." She said people were wrong to believe Edwards had fallen because of the affair and its revelation.
Instead, "I think that he thinks that he is a much wiser and a much better and a more truthful and a more integrated human being," she said.
John and Elizabeth Edwards are now separated. Hunter said the affair ended in July 2008 and that the relationship is now something "different."
Edwards hired Hunter to work as a campaign videographer in 2006 as he plotted his second run for president. The former North Carolina senator's political action committee paid her video production firm more than $100,000.
Federal investigators have been looking into Edwards' campaign finances, with former aide Andrew Young saying a grand jury questioned him for hours about the large sums of money that changed hands during the period that he helped cover up the affair.
Hunter said the grand jury questioned her about Young and about her relationship with Edwards.
"They asked a lot of questions about the sex tape," she said. Hunter has sued Young for invasion of privacy, seeking the return of a videotape that he describes as Edwards and Hunter in a sexual encounter.
Young said in a statement Monday that he has a lot of empathy for what Hunter is going through.
"I hope she and Johnny and Elizabeth and their families can find happiness so that we all can move on with our lives," he said.
An attorney for Hunter declined to comment, and a spokeswoman for John Edwards said he would not comment. An attorney for Elizabeth Edwards did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
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