Former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is admitting to an extramarital affair but denies fathering the woman's daughter.
Edwards tells ABC News that he lied repeatedly about the affair
with Rielle Hunter, 44, but said that he did not love her. He says
he has not taken a paternity test but knows he isn't the father
because of the timing of the affair and the birth.
ABC says a former Edwards campaign staffer claims he is the
father, not Edwards.
Edwards said the affair began during the campaign after Hunter was hired. Hunter traveled with Edwards around the country and to Africa.
Edwards said his wife, Elizabeth, and others in his family became aware of the affair in 2006.
He claims his wife's cancer was in remission when he began the affair with Hunter. Elizabeth Edwards has since been diagnosed with an incurable form of the disease.
When the National Enquirer first reported the alleged Edwards-Hunter affair last October 11, Edwards, his campaign staff and Hunter vociferously denounced the report.
"The story is false, it's completely untrue, it's ridiculous," Edwards told reporters then.
He repeated his denials just two weeks ago.
Edwards today admitted the National Enquirer was correct when it reported he had visited Hunter at the Beverly Hills Hilton last month.
Edwards was a top contender for the Democratic nomination for
president. He placed second in the Iowa caucuses last January but
dropped out of the race a few weeks later.
Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina, was the Democratic nominee for vice president in 2004.