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John Edwards asks judge not to destroy sex tape

John Edwards has asked a judge not to destroy a sex tape he made with his former mistress Rielle Hunter that was slated for destruction under a settlement reached last week, WRAL-TV reported.

A request filed Friday in US District Court in Greensboro said Edwards "intends to request, by subpoena or other procedure, certain materials covered" by provisions of the injunction.

Edwards asked the court to enforce an automatic stay "with respect to any transfer or destruction of items" until the request can be made.

Hunter settled a lawsuit last week against former Edwards aide Andrew Young seeking to recover personal items she said Young and his wife took from a house she was renting in 2007 while she was pregnant. They included a video she recorded with Edwards during his 2008 presidential campaign and photographs of him with their daughter, WRAL reported.

The Youngs claimed Hunter abandoned the items as trash.

Terms of the settlement between Hunter and Young and his wife included destroying the sex tape within 30 days. Other items were set to be returned to Hunter.

It was not clear whether Friday's request related to Edwards' upcoming federal corruption trial.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty to receiving illegal campaign contributions to cover up his affair with Hunter during his 2008 run for the White House. If convicted on all of the charges, the two-time Democratic presidential candidate faces up to 30 years in prison.

His trial is set to begin in April.

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