Rielle Hunter: No Paternity Tests, Thanks

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The ex-mistress of former presidential candidate John Edwards says she will not participate in DNA testing to establish the paternity of her daughter.

Rielle Hunter's lawyer, Robert Gordon, says his client is a common citizen who is not running for public office and wishes to maintain her privacy.

"Rielle is therefore making no statement on the matter now or in the future," Gordon said. "Furthermore, Rielle Hunter will not participate in DNA testing or any other invasion of her or her daughter's privacy now or in the future."

Friday, John Edwards admitted to having an affair with Hunter in 2006 but denied he was the father of Hunter's 5-month-old daughter.

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John Edwards dodges a bullet as Rielle Hunter nixes DNA testing.

Edwards offered to take a paternity test to prove it, but Hunter's statement means the issue of who the father is remains an open question.

A former Edwards campaign staff member, Andrew Young, professes to be the father, but the baby's California birth certificate lists no dad.

After months of speculation, John Edwards, the Democratic party's vice presidential nominee in 2004 and a contender again in 2008, confessed to ABC News on Friday that he lied repeatedly about his affair with Rielle Hunter.

In an interview on ABC's Nightline Friday night, Edwards said he'd be willing to take a paternity test but wasn't sure about Rielle Hunter.

"I am and have been willing to take any test necessary to establish the fact that I am not the father of any baby, and I am truly hopeful that a test will be done so this fact can be definitively established," Edwards said.

The National Enquirer first reported on the affair in October 2007, when Hunter was pregnant, before the Democratic primaries, and John Edwards denied it. After a string of third-place finishes he quit the race in January 2008.

But jsut last month, the Enquirer said its reporters had accosted Edwards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles where he had met with Hunter after her child's birth. Edwards dismissed it as mere "tabloid trash."

But as rumors spread, and the Democratic National Convention coming up later this month in Denver - where he was expected to play a role - the former Senator faced pressure from prominent Democrats to emphatically deny the story.

Which, of course, he couldn't.

In a statement Friday, scorned wife Elizabeth Edwards said it wasn't easy to find out about the extramarital affair in 2006, but indicated she did not believe that her husband was the father of Hunter's daughter.

We'll be covering this story as it continues to develop. In the meantime, click to enlarge The Hollywood Gossip's pictures of Rielle Hunter ...

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