[Guest post by DRJ]
Here’s a timeline for anyone interested in the John Edwards – Rielle Hunter story.
From a report by McClatchy’s Washington DC bureau on Lisa/Rielle through 2005:
1970’s 1960’s-1980’s – Lisa Druck was born in Fort Lauderdale FL and lived in Florida until 1984, including 2 years at the University of Tampa.
1987 – Twenty-something Lisa is living in New York City and the inspiration for novelist Jay McInerney’s literary character Alison Poole:
“McInerney, whose books portrayed the cocaine-fueled atmosphere of New York City in the 1980s, based his third novel, “Story of My Life,” on his time with Druck and their friends. One character, Alison Poole, was specifically modeled after her, McInerney said in a 2005 magazine article. He said that she had “intrigued and appalled” him.
The story, in Breathe Magazine, was primarily a transcript of a discussion between Hunter and McInerney following their reunion in Manhattan that year.
“For me you’re a little bit frozen in time, a little bit Alison Poole, the 21-year-old party girl in that book who runs around New York going to nightclubs, doing drugs, and abusing credit cards,” McInerney said.
She replies that she did a lot of drugs, but adds that she was struck by her character’s “need for truth.”
“That’s definitely a theme in my life — seeker of truth,” she tells him.”
1991 – Druck moved to LA to become an actress and married Alexander “Kip” M. Hunter III, son of Boulder CO DA Alex Hunter. (Fox News reports Hunter lived in New York and maintained a law office there from 1990-2005, but both McClatchy and Fox indicate Druck and Hunter married and lived in LA.)
1994 – Druck legally adopted the name Rielle (pronounced Riley) Hunter and she focused on writing scripts, none of which are listed in the IMDB except for Billy Bob and Me (below) in which she’s the writer, producer, and star.
2000 – Rielle released the comedy short Billy Bob and Me. Her divorce from Alex Hunter was finalized the same year: “She received $5,000 a month for all of 2000 and then $4,000 a month for the next year, and then the spousal support ended.”
2001-2005 – Rielle focused on spirtual awakening, attended retreats, and in 2004 “started a foundation promoting higher consciousness, and set up a Web site: beingisfree.org, in which she posted the Breathe Magazine story, photos of herself and other spiritual seekers, including a swami, an astrologer and a Malibu healer.” The website was taken down after the 2007 National Enquirer article.
2006 – According to Fox News, Hunter introduced herself as a producer to Edwards’ staff at an event for Edwards’ supporters. She briefly met Edwards, who at that time was considering but had not announced his Presidential bid:
“Less than a month later, she and her video production company, Midline Productions, had a six-month contract worth more than $100,000 to produce a series of videographed “Webisodes” following Edwards on the campaign trail, which included trips to Africa and Iowa. The videos were posted on Edwards’ political action committee. They have since returned to the Internet on YouTube.”
July 2006 * – Payments to Midline Productions began in July 2006 and lasted until April 2007:
“The first check cut to Hunter’s film company, Midline Groove Productions, was written on July 5, 2006, for $12,500, according to campaign finance reports.
Midline Groove Productions was incorporated in Delaware on June 30, 2006, according to business records.
In a four-month span, Edwards’ political action committee paid $100,000 to Hunter’s newly formed video production company for four Web videos. That was followed by two smaller payments totaling $14,461 from Edwards’ PAC, the last one coming on April 1, 2007.
It was unclear why the campaign stopped paying Midline.”
October 2006 to early 2007 – Fox News reports that Rielle, along with “New York party planner” Mimi Hockman and “experienced ad man” Colin Weil, set about to film John Edwards in more relaxed settings:
“Weil told me that the filming of the segments occurred from October 2006 to the end of that year. But in early 2007 the campaign decided to shelve them. “I thought it was a wimpy move,” said Weil. “The whole idea was to show Edwards not as a Ken doll — which he looks like — but in a more relaxed setting.”
December 28, 2006 – John Edwards announces his Presidential campaign.
March 2007 – Elizabeth Edwards announces that her breast cancer, originally diagnosed in 2004, had returned and spread to a rib.
Approximately May 2007 – Rielle Hunter becomes pregnant around this time, 9 months before her daughter is born in February 2008.
June 7, 2007 * – John Edwards receives the Father of the Year award in New York City.
October 2007 – The National Enquirer reports John Edwards and Rielle Hunter had an affair. According to a friend, the affair ended because they both felt guilty.
December 2007 – The National Enquirer releases an updated story with pictures of a pregnant Rielle, denials of paternity from Edwards, and Rielle’s claim that Andrew Young was the baby’s father.
January 30, 2008 – John Edwards abruptly ends his Presidential campaign.
February 27, 2008 – Rielle Hunter’s daughter is born.
April 2008 – John Edwards’ withdrawal from politics is so complete that the New York Times mentions it.
May 14, 2008 – Edwards endorses Obama. The press wonders why Edwards waited so long to make his endorsement.
June 2008 – In an August 9, 2008, interview, National Enquirer editor-in-chief David Perel claims Edwards met with Rielle and her daughter in LA at the Beverly Hilton sometime in June 2008.
July 22, 2008 – The National Enquirer reports it caught Edwards meeting Rielle and daughter at the Beverly Hilton on July 21, 2008.
August 8, 2008 – John Edwards admits to ABC News that he had a sexual affair with Rielle Hunter and that he repeatedly lied about it, but denies paternity and paying her hush money.
* [Sections added 8/11/08.]