John Edwards denies ties to NYC madam

March 22, 2012 at 4:05 PM
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NEW YORK, March 22 (UPI) -- Attorneys for former presidential candidate John Edwards denied a report that he was a client of the "Millionaire Madam" prostitution ring in New York.

The Web site reported this week that a reputed call girl told investigators she had sex with the former North Carolina senator in 2007 while he was in New York raising money for his presidential campaign.

Edwards said through his attorneys Thursday that the woman's allegations were untrue.

Sources told the woman told her story in 2008 to investigators from the Manhattan District Attorney's office who were looking into the alleged prostitution ring run by Anna Gristina.

Edwards is awaiting trial in North Carolina on charges he used campaign contributions for personal expenses, including covering up an affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter, whom he coincidentally met at a Manhattan hotel where he stayed frequently during the same period he was allegedly patronizing Gristina's alleged sex ring, said.

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