From NBC's Mark Murray and Lauren Appelbaum
October 10, 2007: The National Enquirer first reports on an alleged affair between Edwards and Hunter.
October 11, 2007: Hunter denies the affair through a statement on the liberal blog, MyDD:
"The innuendoes and lies that have appeared on the internet and in the National Enquirer concerning John Edwards are not true, completely unfounded and ridiculous. My video production company was hired by the Edwards camp on a 6 month contract, which we completed December 31, 2006. When working for the Edwards camp, my conduct as well as the conduct of my entire team was completely professional. This concocted story is just dirty politics and I want no part of it."
October 11, 2007: Speaking to reporters in Summerton, SC, Edwards denies the affair. "I've been in love with the same woman for 30-plus years and, as anybody who's been around us knows, she's an extraordinary human being, warm, loving, beautiful, sexy and as good a person as I have ever known," Edwards said. "So the story's just false."
December 19, 2007: National Enquirer reports that Hunter is pregnant and Edwards is the father of the child.
December 19, 2007: An ex-Edwards aide, Andrew Young, admits that he is the father of Hunter's child through attorney Pamela J. Marple: "As confirmed by Ms. Hunter, Andrew Young is the father of her unborn child. Senator Edwards knew nothing about the relationship between these former co-workers, which began when they worked together in 2006. As a private citizen who no longer works for the campaign, Mr. Young asks that the media respect his privacy while he works to make amends with his family."
July 22, 2008: National Enquirer reports that it caught Edwards visiting Hunter at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, CA.
July 23, 2008: At an ACORN press conference in Houston, Edwards said "the tabloid trash is full of lies."
August 6, 2008: National Enquirer publishes photos of Edwards with Hunter.