Andrew Young, a former aid for John Edwards, claims it was his upcoming tell-all book that prompted his old boss to admit to paternity of Rielle Hunter‘s baby. The former presidential hopeful confessed to paternity of theÂ baby girl, Frances Quinn Hunter,Â in a press statement on Thursday.
“It’s been two and a half years [since the affair started],” former John Edwards staffer Andrew Young told ABC News.â€ For it to come out a week before my book is coming out… I’ve expected it a long time. I expected they were going to do a public relations campaign to promote him, which I’m very skeptical of.” Young says he doesn’t really buy the whole ‘loving and supportive’ father part of Edwards’ public admission of paternity. “All of a sudden he’s a doting, loving father of Quinn. I’m skeptical of it.”
Young said Edwards had no choice but to finally admit he was the father of Frances Quinn Hunter because of information included in his new book, The Politician.Â Â “He is doing this a week before my book comes out where there is going to be stuff that he cannot, you know, there are voicemails. In his voice. And voicemails in Elizabeth’s voice that absolutely contradict almost everything that he has said,” Young said. “I think that he is trying, that he is going to do everything he can to deflect that.”
One of thingsÂ the formerÂ presidential candidateÂ is probably not going to enjoy is Young’s claim John Edwards did everything he could to cover up the affair and his fathering of the baby – including asking to have a paternity test faked and persuading Andrew Young to claim he was actually the father of Hunter’s child.
The Politician is due out on Feb. 2. Andrew Young will appear on 20/20 and Nightline on Jan. 29 to discuss his book and the John Edwards affair.
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