UPDATE: Fox News has independently confirmed the NATIONAL ENQUIRER’S report about John Edwards’ late-night visit to the Beverly Hilton hotel earlier this week. UPDATE: Criminal Complaint Filed In This Case! Don’t think there will be any “Time For Some Campaignin'” for John Edwards! The National Enquirer says they caught Senator Edwards visiting his mistress and secret love child at 2:40 this morning in a Los Angeles hotel. The married ex-senator from North Carolina, whose wife Elizabeth continues to battle cancer, met with his mistress, blonde divorcÃ©e Rielle Hunter, at the Beverly Hilton on Monday night, July 21. The tab says he didn’t leave until early the next morning.
A a months-long investigation had yielded information that Rielle and Edwards had arranged to secretly meet after a speech on homelessness, and for the ex-senator to spend some time with both his mistress and the love child who he refuses to publicly acknowledge as his own.
The tabloid broke the story of Edwards’ love child scandal last year, when Rielle was still pregnant and Edwards was still considered a strong candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Both parties denied the report and a close friend of Edwards’ came forward and said he was the father of Rielle’s baby. But sources told the Enquirer a VERY different story…they revealed that Edwards was engineering a massive cover up of his infidelity.
Ever since then, the Enquirer has stayed on his ass! They learned ahead of time that a meeting between the two was set for yesterday. According to the Tab…
At 9:45 p.m. (PST) Monday, Edwards appeared at the hotel, and was dropped off at a side entrance. NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporter Alan Butterfield witnessed the ex-senator get out of a BMW driven by a male companion and stroll into the hotel. Said Butterfield: “Edwards was not carrying anything. He walked in alone. He was wearing a blue dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up. He was looking around nervously before he entered the hotel. “Once inside, he interestingly bypassed the lobby and ducked down a side stairs to go to the bottom floor to catch the elevator up – rather than taking the elevator in the main lobby. He went out of his way not to be seen.”
Meanwhile, according to the tab, Rielle had reserved rooms 246 and 252 under the name of a friend who had accompanied her from Santa Barbara, Bob McGovern. Rielle was in one room and McGovern was in another with her baby. This allowed her and Edwards to spend time alone, a source revealed.
Edwards went out of the hotel briefly with Rielle, they were observed by the National Enquirer, and then went back to her room, where he stayed until attempting to sneak out of the hotel unseen at 2:40 a.m. (PST). But when he emerged alone from an elevator into the hotel basement he was greeted by several reporters from the tab! The Enquirer continues…
Senior NATIONAL ENQUIRER Reporter Alexander Hitchen asked Edwards why he was visiting Rielle and whether he was ready to confirm that he was the father of her baby. Shocked to see a reporter, and without saying anything, Edwards ran up the stairs leading from the hotel basement to the lobby. But, spotting a photographer, he doubled back into the basement. As he emerged from the stairwell, reporter Butterfield questioned him about his hookup with Rielle.
Edwards did not answer and then ran into a nearby restroom. He stayed inside for about 15 minutes, refusing to answer questions from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER about what he was doing in the hotel. A group of hotel security men eventually escorted him from the men’s room, while preventing the NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporters from following him out of the hotel.
Said reporter Hitchen: “After we confronted him about seeing Rielle, Edwards looked like a deer caught in headlights! He was clearly surprised that we had caught him at this very late hour inside the hotel.
Some guests up at this late hour watched the spectacle in amusement from a staircase nearby.”
The Edwards “love child” scandal drew international press attention after the Enquirer published a blockbuster investigation about the politician in its Dec. 31, 2007 print edition. They reported that Rielle, a woman linked to Edwards in a cheating scandal earlier last year, was more than six months pregnant, and she told a close confidante that Edwards was the father of her baby!
Edwards denied the affair and that he was the father, and in a bizarre twist, a close friend of his, Andrew Young, said he was the father. Young, 41, was married at the time with three children. Young is still married.
Sources told the tab that Edwards had engineered a massive cover up of the affair and love child scandal and that Young was taking the blame for his good friend. Young has been extremely close to Edwards for years and was a key official in his presidential campaign.
After the story last December, reporters from other media outlets asked Edwards about the report during a campaign stop in Columbia, S.C. Edwards responded: “The story is false. It’s completely untrue, ridiculous,” adding: “Anyone who knows me knows that I have been in love with the same woman for 30-plus years.”
But a source told the tab: “Now that it seems to have blown wide open, Rielle may get her wish – all she wants is for John to marry her and for them to live happily ever after with their baby. She’s tired of running and living a lie.” OY.