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Edwards' ex-mistress won't seek paternity test

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  • Rielle Hunter's attorney says she won't take part in DNA test
  • Former Edwards campaign aide says the girl is his child
  • Edwards has said he would be willing to have a paternity test
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(CNN) -- The woman who had an extramarital affair with former presidential candidate John Edwards won't seek a paternity test to prove whether he's the father of her 5-month-old child, her lawyer said Saturday.

Former Sen. John Edwards has been listed as a possible 2008 vice presidential candidate.

Rielle Hunter says she will not seek a paternity test to determine if John Edwards is the father of her child.

In a statement he provided to the Washington Post, attorney Robert Gordon said that Rielle Hunter is a private citizen and that she will not comment further on the media frenzy sparked Friday when Edwards publicly acknowledged the affair.

"She wishes to maintain her privacy" and the privacy of her child, Gordon said in the statement. "Furthermore, Rielle will not participate in DNA testing or any other invasion of her ... privacy now or in the future."

Gordon said Saturday that he would not immediately be releasing the statement to anyone else and will not be doing interviews about it.

After months of denying the affair, Edwards admitted making "a serious error in judgment" in 2006 when he had an affair with Hunter, a filmmaker who worked making videos for his presidential campaign. Video Watch how Hunter started working with Edwards »

He said her child is not his, as had been claimed in tabloid reports, saying the timing of the affair would make that impossible. A former Edwards campaign aide, Andrew Young, has publicly said the child is his.

Edwards said he was willing to take a paternity test to clear up the question.

"Happy to take a paternity test ... would love to see it happen," he said in an interview with ABC News.


Edwards, a former senator from North Carolina, was the Democratic vice-presidential nominee in 2004.

He made an unsuccessful bid for his party's nomination in this year's election and had been considered a possible vice presidential choice for presumptive nominee Sen. Barack Obama -- or a contender for attorney general or another top government post if Obama wins in November.

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