Media outlets seek access in Edwards sex tape case

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Posted: Mar 16, 2011 6:29 PM

Media outlets including The Associated Press asked a judge Wednesday to ease restrictions in a lawsuit over a sex tape said to depict former presidential candidate John Edwards.

Attorneys representing the various media filed a motion seeking access to details of the former North Carolina senator's deposition in the case. A judge previously ordered parties in the lawsuit to keep the testimony private.

"The public interest in Senator Edwards' deposition and the other depositions in this case is significant," the motion says.

Edwards' mistress Rielle Hunter has sued former campaign aide Andrew Young to have a sex tape and other items returned to her. Young has said he helped cover up Edwards' affair during the 2008 presidential campaign and worked for months to keep Hunter in hiding.

The media motion does not seek access to the tape or other intimate materials.

Attorneys for Young filed a motion two weeks ago seeking more information from Edwards, just a couple weeks after one of the lawyers said Edwards had given his deposition. Details of that motion were filed under seal, and Wednesday's filing seeks to make it public.

The civil lawsuit is moving forward separate from a federal criminal investigation of Edwards. The Justice Department is trying to determine whether to prosecute the two-time presidential candidate over payments his supporters made that helped keep Hunter in hiding. Attorneys for Edwards contend he did not violate any laws.

Edwards has admitted to the affair and fathering Hunter's child. She worked as a videographer in 2006 for Edwards' political action committee.

An Edwards spokeswoman did not immediately return a call seeking comment.