A judge orders Andrew Young to turn over the tape by next week

By Nicole Weisensee Egan
February 05, 2010 02:50 PM
Credit: Splash News Online, ABC

A North Carolina judge found former John Edwards campaign staffer Andrew Young in contempt of court Friday for failing to turn over a sex tape featuring the onetime presidential candidate and his mistress, Rielle Hunter.

North Carolina Superior Court Judge Abraham Jones ruled that Young has until Wednesday at 2 p.m. to turn over the tape, according to the Raleigh, N.C., News and Observer. If Young surrenders the tape, there will be a hearing to determine whether he and his wife Cheri have complied with the order, Jones said at the hearing at the Chatham County Courthouse in Hillsborough, N.C.

After the hearing Friday, the Youngs said they never had any intention of distributing the tape or showing it publicly, according to the News and Observer. They said they have no problem with turning the materials over to the court to be sealed until the civil case over possession is resolved. The tape is currently in a safety deposit box in Atlanta.
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Judge Rejects Argument

Earlier, attorneys for Young argued that because the tape is in Atlanta, not Orange County, N.C., it was not subject to a temporary restraining order won by Hunter seeking its return. The judge rejected this argument.

On Jan. 28, Hunter, 45, was granted a temporary restraining order for the video. But when Orange County sheriff’s deputies arrived at Young’s Chapel Hill residence to take the tape, Young consulted with his attorney and refused to turn it over, according to documents obtained by PEOPLE.

Meanwhile Hunter’s sister, Roxanne Marshall, tells Inside Edition in an interview airing Friday that her sister still loves Edwards, with whom she has a 23-month-old daughter, Frances Quinn.

“She still believes they will be together,” says Marshall, who added that her sister is relieved that Edwards has admitted publicly that he is Quinn’s father. “She is very happy,” Marshall says. “What mother wouldn’t be, especially after his denying it … My sister is a wonderful mother. Now she is busy enjoying Quinn, going to the park and to ‘Mommy and Me’ like classes.”