There have been a lot of insane details to trickle out of the John Edwards trial, but this might take the cake:ABC reports that Christina Reynolds, former research director for Edwards campaign, testified Wednesday that Edwards’ mistress Rielle Hunter wanted to claim that she had been “abducted by aliens” in response to the original National Enquirer story on her pregnancy.
The National Enquirer story purported that Edwards was the father of Hunter’s child, Reynolds approached her about issuing a denial. From ABC:
Hunter’s response, Reynolds said, was that she wanted to release a flip comment that she had been “abducted by aliens.”
“My concern was that if (she) was hedging on issuing a straight denial, we wouldn’t know what she would do,” Reynolds testified.
The prosecutor asked what would have happened if the story had grown, and Reynolds replied, “I don’t think it would have been good. I think it would have been very bad for the campaign.”
Hunter eventually issued a denial without mentioning aliens.
Originally, Edwards issued a statement saying that an aide, Andrew Young, was the father.
There were plenty of other weird details emitting from the testimony on Wednesday. Reynolds said that upon learning of the affair, Elizabeth Edwards confronted her husband in an airport and ripped off her shirt and bra. And another aide, John Davis, said Edwards told him that he thought Hunter was “crazy.”
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