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Edwards 'sex tape' to be destroyed

The purported sex tape of former presidential candidate John Edwards and his mistress will be destroyed within 30 days after a lawsuit over who owned the tape was settled.

Rielle Hunter sued former Edwards aide Andrew Young and his wife in 2010 over the tape and other personal items the couple said she left in a box of rubbish while they were helping her hide out as the former North Carolina senator ran for the White House.

Ms Hunter lived with the Youngs while she was pregnant with Mr Edwards' baby, and Mr Young initially said he was the father.

In the settlement, the Youngs agreed to give up their claim on the tape and other property, which has been held in the vault of a North Carolina courthouse.

Ms Hunter has long wanted the tapes destroyed.

"We are very pleased that this settlement achieved all that she had ever hoped to achieve with this lawsuit," said Allison Van Laningham, one of Ms Hunter's lawyers.

A lawyer for the Youngs said they were pleased with the settlement.

"There were no 'winners' as such, in that each side had returned back to it that which it believed was its own property, although it was mutually agreed that certain materials should, per the court's order, be destroyed," lawyer David Pishko said.

The Youngs also agreed not to talk publicly about the tape or the other items, which include photos of Ms Hunter in a bikini as well as picture of her with her child.

There is also a tape of Frances Quinn Hunter's birth. She turns four years old on Monday.

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