Politics & Government

Judge may jail Edwards campaign aide over sex tape

A judge said he is ready to send Andrew and Cheri Young to jail for up to 75 days for contempt of court.

Superior Court Judge Abraham Penn Jones said the couple had failed to be truthful about the number of copies made of a sex tape of former Sen. John Edwards and his mistress and how many people have seen it.

This is the fourth hearing Jones has held on the tape, and with each one the Youngs produced more material and more affadavits.

Andrew Young previously said that he showed the sex tape to a producer for ABC and two book agents. After that, attorneys for Rielle Hunter, Edwards' mistress who Young says also appeared in the video, produced an affadavit from a ghost writer who previously worked for Edwards, Robert Draper of New York.

Draper swore in the document that on March 31, 2009, he and Young met at the Youngs' house. After Cheri Young had gone to bed, Andrew Young offered to show Draper the sex tape and played it on a big screen television in his office from his laptop, which suggested there was a digital copy stored on the laptop.

Young has turned over the original tape and a VHS copy. Federal agents have a DVD copy, but Young has sworn that other copies do not exist. He also did not disclose that he had shown it to Draper.

When the affadavit was brought up in court, Jones asked one of Hunter's lawyers, Alan Duncan: "Are you saying he lied to me."

"Yes, your honor."

"That's a painful thing," Jones said.

"There were things told to the court," Jones said from the bench, "under oath, in affadavits, in testimony that turned out to be inaccurate. Right now part of me says they didn't tell me the truth before in this court."

In past hearings, Jones told the Youngs that if he found they were not adhering to his orders, he would send them to jail for up to 75 days.

Young's lawyers tried to downplay the discrepancy as a memory lapse, one of many Young has suffered throughout the course of the hearings.