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John Edwards Mistress Wanted to Say She Was 'Abducted By Aliens'

Sara D. Davis/Getty Images(GREENSBORO, N.C.) -- When the National Enquirer broke a story that presidential candidate John Edwards was having an affair, Edwards' campaign was worried by mistress Rielle Hunter's initial reluctance to issue a denial. Instead, she wanted to put out a flip statement that she was "abducted by aliens."

The Enquirer's story triggered an emotional meltdown by Edwards' wife Elizabeth, who was coping with terminal cancer at the time of the revelation in October 2007.

She confronted her husband in an airport parking lot, collapsing into a heap, then tearing off her shirt and bra.

That testimony sent daughter Cate Edwards out of the courtroom in tears and riveted those who remained Wednesday.

But the subtler part of the testimony was apparently to show that Edwards' campaign was involved in the affair.

Edwards is charged with violating campaign finance laws by using more than $1 million from wealthy donors to hide his pregnant girlfriend. He could face up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

Part of Edwards' defense is that he used the money to hide the affair from his wife, which may be a sin, but not a crime.

Christina Reynolds, former research director for Edwards campaign, told the court Wednesday that after the Enquirer story came out the campaign had a conversation with Hunter about issuing a denial.

Hunter's response, Reynolds said, was that she wanted to release a flip comment that she had been "abducted by aliens."

"My concern was that if (she) was hedging on issuing a straight denial, we wouldn't know what she would do," Reynolds testified.

The prosecutor asked what would have happened if the story had grown, and Reynolds replied, "I don't think it would have been good. I think it would have been very bad for the campaign."

Hunter eventually issued a denial without mentioning aliens.

Previous witnesses, John and Cheri Young, have testified that they were assigned to keep Hunter hidden while Edwards pursued the Democratic presidential nomination. The cover-up continued after he dropped out, they claim, because he was angling for a top job like vice president or attorney general.

Campaign scheduler Matthew Nelson recounted on Wednesday first meeting Hunter in late June 2006 when he was instructed to pick her up and bring her to Edwards' house. Nelson, Hunter and Edwards then flew together to Raleigh-Durham under the pretense that Edwards was interviewing Hunter for a job.

While in the house, Edwards feigned ignorance of who Hunter was, asking Nelson in a "whispered tone... who the woman is in the neighboring room."

They later attended a Dave Matthews Band concert and flew to Washington, D.C. together, Nelson testified.

Nelson also told the court of being asked to set up a meeting with wealthy philanthropist Rachel "Bunny" Mellon who gave $725,000 to Edwards' hush fund.

Another Edwards' campaign aide Josh Brumberger also testified about attending a meeting with Edwards at Mellon's home as they courted her for funding.

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John Edwards Not Engaged to Rielle Hunter

Photo Courtesy - ABC News (NEW YORK) -- Despite rumors to the contrary, former presidential hopeful John Edwards is not engaged to Rielle Hunter, sources close to the couple tell ABC News.

"I do not believe it to be true," Hunter's attorney, Alan Duncan, told ABC News when asked about a report in The National Enquirer that Edwards had proposed over a December vacation, just weeks after the death of his estranged wife Elizabeth Edwards.

Another source close to the couple also disputed the alleged engagement, telling ABC News that the couple was not planning to wed.

According to the Enquirer, the same publication that first broke the news of Edwards' extramarital affair with Hunter in 2007, Edwards told Hunter he wanted to "become one big, happy family."

A spokeswoman for the Edwards family declined to comment on the report.

Hunter is the mother of Edwards' 2-year-old daughter, Quinn. Edwards first denied the affair with Hunter before admitting the indiscretion in August 2008. Then, in January 2010 he admitted that he was, in fact, Quinn's father.

Reports of an impending wedding come just days after news that will of Edwards' estranged wife Elizabeth Edwards excluded the former North Carolina senator.

This is not the first time a wedding between Edwards and Hunter has been rumored.

Last year, following the announcement that Edwards is Quinn's biological father, the Enquirer ran a similar story reporting the couple's engagement that was also debunked.

Also last year, Andrew Young, a former aide to Edwards, told ABC News that Hunter talked about plans for a rooftop wedding in New York.

Elizabeth Edwards, who died Dec. 7 after a six-year battle with breast cancer, appointed her eldest daughter Catharine as the executor of her will, which makes no mention of John Edwards.

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