John Edwards Sex Tape: Judge Exempts Tape From Any Stay Of Destruction [UPDATED]

03/03/2012 04:19 pm ET | Updated Mar 03, 2012

CORRECTION: WRAL-TV has issued a correction for this story, noting that they interpreted court documents incorrectly and reported that John Edwards asked for a delay in the court-ordered destruction of a sex tape he made with Rielle Hunter. In the order returning the tape and other items to Hunter, Judge Carl R. Fox allowed Edwards or other parties to delay that destruction, but specifically exempted the tape from any stay.

John Edwards has asked a judge not to destroy a sex tape he made with former mistress Rielle Hunter.

According to WRAL-TV, Edwards filed a request Friday in U.S. District Court in Greensboro, North Carolina, asking that the court issue a stay in a recent settlement involving Hunter and Edwards' former aide, Andrew Young. Edwards asked the court to enforce the stay "with respect to any transfer or destruction of items," including the sex tape that rocked his political career.

Hunter was recently awarded ownership of the sex tape, which shows Edwards in a sexual encounter with a pregnant Hunter. She also won possession of other items disputed in the case, including a series of intimate photos of Hunter and her daughter.

As part of the settlement, all known copies of the sex tape are to be destroyed within 30 days after the lawsuit was settled. If other copies of the tape surface later, the agreement requires those to be destroyed as well.

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