Thursday 23 November 2017

US Diary Orla Healy

Rielle Hunter, the woman who so dramatically derailed the presidential ambitions of one-time Democrat hopeful John Edwards, isn't pulling any punches in the media blitz to promote her new memoir, What Really Happened.

In an interview with ABC News on Friday night, the 48-year-old frankly admitted: "I'm a woman who fell in love with a married man. I'm not the first woman who has done that and I'm not going to be the last."

Hunter's candour, however, isn't scoring points with American punters, many of whom are aghast at what they perceive to be a chilling example of one woman dancing on the grave of another.

In published excerpts from the book, Hunter -- who gave birth to Edwards' now four-year-old daughter Quinn at a time when the erstwhile politician's wife Elizabeth was battling the final stages of terminal cancer -- goes beyond refusing to show any remorse for the devastation she helped create during Mrs Edwards's final days.

In a cruel twist of her very sharp knife, Hunter savagely belittles Elizabeth, describing her as "bonkers" and a "witch on wheels" who treated her husband of 30 years poorly in private while portraying herself as "a saint" in public.

"Because there wasn't any physical or emotional intimacy between Johnny and Elizabeth, I had absolutely no jealous feelings about her," Hunter writes, adding, "the 'wife as innocent victim' did not match the reality" because, in Hunter's view, the marriage was "filled with issues that clearly neither Johnny nor Elizabeth wanted to address. They did not want to disclose the truth to themselves, much less the public."

Hunter also seems to feel that Elizabeth shouldn't have been as shocked as she was by the end of her marriage. "If you aren't having sex with your partner," she writes, "chances are high someone else is."

Hunter, who was for a time John Edwards' campaign videographer, also writes about Mrs Edwards' humiliation after learning about the affair.

"Elizabeth requested all the tapes [I had shot during the campaign]. She locked herself in a room to watch," she reveals. "On one tape she saw Johnny walking into a room and his reaction to seeing me. She apparently told him that he never once looked at her the way he looked at me. So she took that bit and put it on her computer as a screen saver in order to watch it over and over again."

In a promotional interview with People magazine (lavishly illustrated with glossy shots of Hunter, Edwards and Quinn frolicking on a beach last weekend as they celebrated Father's Day), Hunter boasts that she and Edwards, 59, are "still together as a couple", and gives the impression that she has the former philanderer wrapped around her little finger.

She gushes: "He empties the dishwasher. He cooks. I've never tasted a better pancake than Johnny Reid Edwards's.

"I'm still in love with John. That didn't go away, shockingly enough. Marriage? I have no idea. I'm not a big fan of the institution, but never say never. I like my space. Not having to deal with the day-in, day-out," she says, before smugly likening their romance to one of Hollywood's most enduring relationships. "Like Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell, that keeps the home fires going."

'Monster Mom' tells her story

Casey Anthony is ready to cash in on her notoriety. The so-called "Monster Mom", who this time last year was acquitted of killing her two-year-old daughter Caylee, plans to turn the journal she's been keeping ever since the toddler died in the summer of 2008 into a big-buck book/movie that publishing sources believe the public is ready to buy.

Anthony --who initially said that Caylee had been abducted by a nanny, before then giving her lawyers the go-ahead to claim that the child died accidentally by drowning in the family pool -- has been hiding out in Florida since her release from jail where, Radaronline reports, she "spends the majority of her days now writing. She has also been spending a lot of time going through her past journal entries and excerpts that she wants included in a book that she wants to write".

The digital tab quotes a source, confirming: "Casey will absolutely be releasing a book, it's just a matter of time.

"Casey feels this is the only way that she can get her story out, and she feels like the public wants to hear from her."

The timing of Anthony's pitch is believed to be hooked to the July 5 release date for Presumed Guilty -- Casey Anthony: The Inside Story, the highly anticipated behind-the-scenes take on the saga by Anthony's trial lawyer, Jose Baez, who is hopeful the book will vindicate not only his client, but the jurors who made the controversial decision to let her go free.

"There are a lot of misconceptions out there," is all Baez said. "The record needed to be set straight."

True romance in Hollywood

In a dash of real Hollywood romance, new celebrity couple screenwriter Aaron (The Social Network, The West Wing) Sorkin and actress Kristin (Sex and The City) Davis put their relationship on the record Wednesday night when they stepped out for the first time together on the red carpet before the screening of his new HBO mini-series The Newsroom.

Much to the delight of the assembled paparazzi, the couple kissed and cuddled for super-cute photos that are now running alongside: a) rave reviews for the age-appropriate uniqueness of their coupling (he's 51 and she is 47); b) fascination that they are both survivors of alcohol addiction; and c) very funny, and potentially big-screen-worthy West Wing/Sex and The City script mash-ups.

Ball is not in Berry's court

HALLE Berry may soon be joining her ex, Gabriel Aubry, in anger management class. The Oscar-winning actress, who had been confident that things were going her way in the acrimonious child custody battle she is waging against her former beau, got a nasty shock last week when a family court judge ordered her to pay the male model a staggering $20,000 a month in child support.

Berry and Aubry, who split in 2010, are both seeking primary custody of their four-year-old daughter, Nahla.

According to sources, Berry, who wants to move to France with Nahla after she ties the knot with actor Olivier Martinez, had been optimistic that the court would rule in her favour -- especially after Aubry, who wants the child to remain in LA, was ordered to seek counselling for his "anger" issues, prompted by allegations from a nanny, earlier this year.

When Aubrey, who is not exactly skint, asked for financial support from the actress, it was widely viewed as a power play to delay her attempts to remove the child from American soil. But, insiders now say, the fact that a judge has ruled in Aubry's favour financially, suggests Berry may not be holding the winning cards after all.

The former couple, who have each accused the other of being a bad parent, are expected back in court early next month.

Sunday Independent

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