John Edwards Rielle Hunter Engaged? Did John Edwards Strike Wife Elizabeth?

John Edwards and Rielle Hunter are engaged, according to The National Enquirer, and the separation from his wife did not come peacefully. The Enquirer is reporting that he hit struck Elizabeth and that she may file domestic violence charges against him. See a 6-30-10 update and video from Elizabeth’s Today Show interview with Matt Lauer here.

John Edwards and Rielle Hunter Engaged?

The former Senator, and Vice-Presidential candidate allegedly popped the question to his mistress, just before announcing that Hunter’s daughter was his biological child. Hunter and Edwards are said to be buying a $3.5 million dollar beachfront property.

Six days after making the public announcement, Elizabeth Edwards, his
cancer-stricken wife of 32 years and mother of his four children, said
they were legally separated and will be divorced at the end of the required one
year separation period.

The Enquirer, which has been spot-on with their reporting of Edwards and Hunter, says Elizabeth told friends that Edwards beat her.

John lost his temper big-time,” revealed a close friend of Elizabeth.

“She has the divorce papers drawn up, but she can amend them to charge John with domestic violence.

“She’s holding that over his head right now – and he’s scared. Elizabeth is in control.”

The Enquirer says the “friend” relaying the information about the “fight,” “passed a lie detector test.” There are also stories that Elizabeth, 60, has “slapped” her randy husband in the past.

But the fighting escalated – and the ugly incident that “happened around the Christmas holidays turned out to be a violent, marriage-ending fight,” said another source.

Elizabeth Edwards was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2004. Hunter went to work for Edwards in 2006 as his videographer. In March 2007, John and Elizabeth announced that her breast cancer had returned in the form of inoperable, incurable, but treatable lung cancer. By October 2007, The National Enquirer was hot on the trail of the Edwards and Hunter affair, and were reporting Hunter was pregnant. Their daughter, Quinn was born on February 28th, 2008.

John and Elizabeth Edwards

Just after Christmas, the Edwards “fight” occurred. He left their home, went to a lake resort area, hung out in a bar, drank until he was blatto and hit on several women. This is when the news of the legal separation of John and Elizabeth broke. John denied that Rielle’s child was his until January 21, 2010. He reportedly proposed to Rielle and then told then made his statement claiming daughter Quinn as his child.

Edwards is 56 and Hunter is 45. This according to The Enquirer’s “close source:”

Since they’ve gotten involved, she’s followed every order he gave her,
going on a cross-country cover-up, hiding away during her pregnancy and
after giving birth for the sake of his presidential aspirations.

“Rielle never uttered a peep about their affair publicly, and remained
loyal to John. John felt she deserved to know that he wanted to raise
their child together, and wanted Rielle in his life as his partner.

“John has said that when his divorce is final, he’ll buy her a diamond ring. But in the meantime, he’s getting them a house.”

God help all the children in this sordid tale.

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