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John Edwards Sex Tape? OMFG.

Calm down, there is no tape to be shared yet (I know, this blog is turning into a catalog of all the sex tapes that don’t exist, including my own. Sigh).

But bear with me because this one is juicy. So as you know former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards had an affair with Rielle Hunter, a woman his team hired to videotape the candidate during his campaigning. Well, get this: his former aide Andrew Young says the ex-senator and his former mistress made a sex tape.

Young spelled this out in the proposal for his book The Politician.

This doesn’t sit well with the Edwards, obviously, but then things have been tempestuous between the two camps for a while.

According to an old piece on the New York Daily News gives us the juicy gossip on Young’s feud with the Edwards:

Young says that his belief in Edwards ran so deep that he agreed to take the fall for the candidate, inviting the pregnant Hunter to live with him, his wife, Cheri, and their three children. Later, after Hunter delivered the baby, Young and his family moved to a different home in California.

While he was unpacking, Young discovered a videocassette, according to the book pitch. Hunter had been hired by the Edwards campaign to videotape the candidate’s movements, but this one is said to have shown him taking positions that weren’t on his official platform.

The purported sex tape confirmed to Hunter that Edwards was even more reckless than he thought.

Elizabeth Edwards is said to hold Young partly to blame for her husband’s affair, since Young knew it was going on and sometimes used his cell phone to conference the senator and his girlfriend. Young has told friends that, in revenge, Elizabeth arranged for the media to learn about a youthful misdeameanor in which Young was arrested for stealing a sign from a biker bar.

Elizabeth also suspects Young stole the baseball card collection of her late son, Wade, according to a source who says that she told Young in an e-mail that other former staff members “have passed lie detector tests.”

Whoa, can you say drama? So, of course, now that Young’s book is thisclose to coming out, he’s bringing the deets on the tape out to stir up the jaded masses. But it gets better. John Edwards has told the National Enquirer that the story that Young found the tape is a total lie and that if there is a tape, then Young is the one who recorded it. The plot thickens! Dun dun dun!

So what’s in this tape that may or may not exist? Sources tell Gawker, the media gossip blog, that: “The tape… is explicit and reveals that Edwards ‘is physically very striking, in a certain area. Everyone who sees it says “whoa”. She’s behind the camera at first.’”

Oh, my! Well, now we definitely want to see it. Not that we didn’t before — but then, you know our editor here is kind of a sex tape aficionado.

Erin Kotecki Vest, Producer of Special Projects at BlogHer, raised another very important thing we need to verify: does Edwards’ hair move during sex?

People, the public has a right to know. Make it happen.

Image from the publication that brought you every gory detail about this affair (so recognize!), the National Enquirer. Information from everywhere we link, via Erin Kotecki Vest.

John Edwards Confesses, Enquirer Nominates Itself for a Pulitzer–You Know, Typical Post-Sex Scandal Stuff

January 22, 2010 News, Politically Erect 1 Comment

John Edwards has finally confessed what we already knew: that he’s the father of Rielle Hunter’s two-year-old child.

Below is his statement, as reported by the Washington Post:

I am Quinn’s father. I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves. I have been able to spend time with her during the past year and trust that future efforts to show her the love and affection she deserves can be done privately and in peace.

It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me. I have been providing financial support for Quinn and have reached an agreement with her mother to continue providing support in the future.

To all those I have disappointed and hurt, these words will never be enough, but I am truly sorry.

John R. Edwards

Edward and his wife of over 30 years, Elizabeth, have separated.

His confession session comes two weeks before the publication of a tell-all book by his former aide Andrew Young, whom, if you remember, at one point said was the father of the baby. The Politician is due out Tuesday, February 2. Yum, yum.

In related news, The National Enquirer is nominating itself for a Pulitzer based on their scoop and coverage of the saga.

Scott Brown Takes Massachusetts (But First, He Took Off His Clothes!)

You can always count the agenda here at Sex and the 405 to be pretty much “leave our sex lives alone,” which sounds pretty liberal, but surprise, surprise, we have quite a bit of everything from socialists to staunch conservatives. We seem to take our politics in this virtual newsroom like we take our sex: with as much variety as there are colors.

This post is for all of you who supported Scott Brown in one of the biggest political upsets to date. And for anyone else who digs a fine chunk o’ man.

Behold Scott Brown, 1982 Cosmopolitan “America’s Sexiest Man” centerfold!

From the Independent article that accompanies the photo:

Mr. Brown was at Boston College in the midst of his final law exams when it was shot. Though he surely cannot have known that one day he would compete to fill the shoes of Teddy Kennedy, he did give a hint as to his future ambitions in a brief interview when he admitted to being a “bit of a patriot.”

Yum, yum. God bless America.

Image via The Independent, via Harry Lang.

Never Too Old For A Sex Tape (And Scandal)

It’s official: everyone has a sex tape except for me.

Eighty-six-year-old Narain Dutt Tiwari was the proud governor of the Andhra Pradesh in India until last week when a television station aired a tape of him getting down with not one, but three young women.

Tiwari denounced the tape on Friday, saying it is a fake, but he resigned later that day citing “health reasons.”

According to the channel that exposed the video, ABN Andhra Jyoti, the foursome came about after Tiwari promised a woman a mining lease in exchange for serious playtime. The woman brought the three women in the video to him and exposed the governor after he failed to keep up his end of the bargain.

The channel was barred by the courts from re-broadcasting the sex tape on Friday when the office of the governor filed a petition arguing that the video was “likely to demean and denigrate his office.”

Image and information from NY Daily News.

If TMZ Had Existed In The 1950s…

JFK may have never been president. They might have known better. Look at this photo:

This is what TMZ said about it:

We believe the photo was taken in the mid-1950s. It shows two naked women jumping off the boat and two more naked women sunning on the top deck. Just below the top deck — a man appearing to be John F. Kennedy is lying on a deck, sunning himself.

TMZ had multiple experts examine the photo — all say there is no evidence the picture was Photoshopped. The original print — which is creased — was scanned and examined for evidence of inconsistent lighting, photo composition and other forms of manipulation. The experts all concluded the photo appears authentic.

There are numerous articles and books on President John F. Kennedy which mention a 2-week, Mediterranean boating trip that JFK — then a Senator — took in August, 1956, with his brother Ted Kennedy and Senator George Smathers. The trio reportedly entertained a number of women on the yacht. Jackie Kennedy was pregnant at the time and was rushed to the hospital while JFK was on the boat. Doctors performed an emergency C-section, but the infant was stillborn.

TMZ is, however, wrong.

They have posted a correction, reporting that the man is not JFK:

We’ve now confirmed the photo was part of a Playboy spread in 1967. A rep from Playboy tells TMZ the photo ran as part of story titled, “Playboy’s Charter Yacht Party: How to Have a Ball on the Briny with an Able-Bodies Complement of Ship’s Belles.” She says the photo was taken on one of the islands that make up the Grenadines (Petit Rameau).

Image and information from TMZ, via OpenSalon. Thanks to Rita Arens for the tip and Sara for the update.

Divorce On The Appalachian Trail

December 12, 2009 News, Politically Erect 1 Comment

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Jenny Sanford is vacating the Governor’s Mansion in South Carolina.

You guys remember Governor Mark Sanford, the guy who took off in April and told everyone he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, when really he was down in South America canoodling with his mistress?

Remember? He came home after he was found out and gave the most cringe-inducing press conference of the century about love and soul mates. He will forever be known as the man who tried to do the wrong thing the right way.

Well, last we heard, he and his wife Jenny were working things out. She, the very picture of composure, did not stand behind her philandering husband at the press conference as other wronged wives have done in the past, choosing instead to give a few very focused interviews.

Where her husband was a stuttering fool, high on love, she was persevering, calm, cool, and collected. She would not tolerate his behavior, but she was willing to forgive–if he put in some effort.

In an interview after the debacle, Mark Sanford told us he was working on “falling back in love” with his wife.

Looks like his effort wasn’t enough. Jenny Sanford filed for divorce on Friday on the grounds of adultery. Yikes.

On the bright side, he’s now free. For now, anyway. The governor is facing a hearing next month on 37 charges by the State Ethics Commission over his actions on the “AT,” which include allegedly using state planes for his clandestine Argentina trip.

Cue Carlos Gardel, “Por una cabeza, todas las locuras, su boca que besa borra la tristeza, calma la amargura.”

We know how it goes.

Image from The Los Angeles Times. Information from Time, Los Angeles Times blogs, The Washington Post.

He Littered Her Lawn With Used Condoms

December 3, 2009 News, Politically Erect No Comments

hallcondomBrace yourself, the creeptastic meter has hit 100, and you know I have a pretty high tolerance.

Blake Hall was a prominent politico in Idaho and member of the Republican National Committee (RNC), until he pleaded guilty to charges of stalking a former girlfriend and got the boot.

He followed his ex around town, harassing her, and ignored her repeated requests that he leave her alone.

His claim to fame as supercreep? He dumped used condoms on the lawn of his ex-girlfriend’s house. Nineteen condoms were collected over 10 different days, according to police.

Even though he was fired as a deputy prosecuting attorney and resigned from the RNC, the guy still gets to keep his cushy $31,000-a-year job as the civil attorney in Fremont County.

Prosecutor Joette Lookabaugh (also a Republican), who hired Hall in January, said Hall would keep his job “unless or until his ability to do an outstanding job for Fremont County citizens is compromised.” Apparently, harassing a woman in such a flagrantly creepy manner isn’t evidence that he can’t do his job.

“I understand that political figures are held to a higher standard,” she said. “What is disturbing is the fact that often people who have devoted their lives to public service are not given the same benefits, or are treated more harshly, than the public at large. There seems to be a certain amount of political glee in striking down the well-known for any real or perceived foible.”

Um. Yeah.

And they wonder why I went Independent.

Image from Foolocracy, condom via Glamour_Boy. Information from The Idaho Statesman.

Manhattan Madam Pissed At Harvard

November 22, 2009 Politically Erect No Comments

spitzerThe disgraced former-governor Eliot Spitzer recently spoke at the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard University as part of a series of talks to “promote philosophical reflection on some of the most challenging ethical issues in public life.”

The foundation’s director, Lawrence Lessig, told The New York Post, that he asked Spitzer to speak because he could offer attendees a unique perspective.

Lessig also said that the well-publicized “hookergate” debacle that cost him governorship was not a factor in determining whether Spitzer was qualified to speak.

Kristin Davis, the madam who supplied Spitzer’s escorts is furious about the speaking gig.

The following excerpt is from a post on Davis blog:

Spitzer drawing the line between public policy and personal ethics is blatantly un-American. Public Officials are elected, in part, on their personal ethics. There [sic] entire past and any blemish on their character are brought to the public light for us to scrutinize and determine whether or not they are “fit” for leadership. Their families campaign with them to show us that they have the type of values that Americans respect and support.

Mr. Spitzer was a vigilant crusader against Wall Street. He was also a vigilant crusader against prostitution yet a hypocrite of the highest level since he went around arresting the same agencies he frequented. I have to wonder if that hypocrisy bled into other areas of his life? Especially since the biggest Ponzie scheme in the history of the world happened right under his nose as both AG and Governor.

For the record, I am not saying that I see no value in hearing what Mr. Spitzer has to say. I’d love to hear from a man who held the highest political office in the state of NY on how we can better evaluate our public officials to ensure they are not corrupt.

You can read the letter she wrote Lessig here.

The response from Harvard students and alums is mixed. Tara Jayaratnam, a student at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, told The Boston Globe she “thought it was extremely valuable,” adding that society tends to hold public officials to high standards, often overseeing the expertise they may be able to bring to a debate.

An alum who spoke with The Post at the Harvard Club of New York didn’t mince words: “It’s unbelievably hypocritical. He should find the deepest hole in Manhattan and crawl back into it. Unfortunately, there’s no sense of shame anymore. Shame died with the Clinton era.”

Mmm, catty–just the way we like our politics.

Image via A Life’s Anthropology. Information via The New York Post.

Today’s Special: Naked Palin Ex

November 11, 2009 News, Politically Erect No Comments

Levi Johnston won’t let us forget him.

Cast as boy of the moment for his association with the family of Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin during the 2008 presidential elections, Johnston was just as quickly forgotten once Obama won, only occasionally making the tabloid circuit when Palin, the grandmother of his child with Bristol Palin, slammed him for something he’d said (which no one had paid attention to until she made a fuss about it).

And today, Johnston graced Playgirl in the buff.

Sarah Palin has made her views clear about how she feels about Johnston: “those who would sell their body for money reflect a desperate need for attention and are likely to say and do anything for even more attention.”

Sweet–what will he do next? Whatever it is, you can bet we’re going to have front row seats. That’s the nature of those who ride to fame on the coattails of scandal. Bring it.

Information from SFGate.

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