Admidst a federal inquiry into how he spent campaign funds, The National Enquirer is reporting that secret DNA tests confirm that John Edwards is indeed the father of former campaign worker Rielle Hunters's 18-month-old daughter Frances.
What's really shocking here is not the crime, however, but the cover-up. Replete with subpoenaed bank statements and manipulated cancer-stricken wives, it seems like the disgraced presidential candidate may have been funneling secret payments to his baby's mamma and the pretend father of the child, former campaign worker and sex tape videographer Andrew Young, to keep them quiet. Here's what the Enquirer had to say:
More from YourTango: Joe Jonas Lost His Virginity To This Stunning Celebrity ...
The ENQUIRER has also learned that Rielle testified against Edwards before a federal grand jury that's probing whether he broke campaign finance laws by secretly funneling money to her—and her testimony could send the former North Carolina senator to jail!
The positive DNA test finally ends the elaborate cover-up that Edwards engineered to hide the fact that he fathered Rielle's 18-month-old daughter Frances.
As The ENQUIRER previously reported in a series of explosive investigative reports, the cover-up involved "hush money" paid to Rielle and Andrew Young, a once-loyal Edwards aide who claimed he'd fathered her child. The secret payments were made by the late Fred Baron, who was Edwards' national finance chairman.
With Young being left out to dry by Edwards, he pulled a "John Dean" to testify before the grand jury before he could publish his tell-all book about the conspiracy.
"[Rielle] was worried about getting long-term financial support for her daughter. So she hired an attorney, and John consented to undergo a secret swab test to establish paternity.
"There was no surprise: The results of the DNA test proved John was Frances' daddy."
Another source confirmed to The ENQUIRER: "John always knew he was the father of Rielle's baby.
"Rielle is not dumb. She knew the feds had subpoenaed her bank statements and knew about every payment she received," said the source.
"I am confident that no funds from my campaign were used improperly," Edwards said in a statement. Why Powerful Men Cheat
More from YourTango: Marcia Gay Harden Joins 'Fifty Shades Of Grey': 5 Facts About Her
Edwards' Democratic presidential campaign paid Hunter, a video grapher, $100,000 in 2006 to produce videos offering an intimate look at Edwards. As part of its investigation, the grand jury may ask questions that will help determine whether Hunter was paid a fair rate for her work, reports Raleigh's The News & Observer.
Photo via Bauer-Griffin.