The Bitter Grief of Elizabeth Edwards
... a former aide testified about how Edwards' wife became distraught when she found out that he was still having an affair with mistress Rielle Hunter.
Elizabeth Edwards "collapsed in a ball" in an airport parking lot and tore off her shirt in a fit of anger, the witness said.
Mrs. Edwards was dying of cancer and had previously discovered her husband's fling with Hunter, a videographer on his presidential campaign, in 2006. She had demanded Hunter be fired and the romance be ended.
Edwards, however, secretly continued the affair, which was reported in the National Enquirer in October 2007.
Christina Reynolds, a communications adviser on Edwards' campaign who was also close to Elizabeth Edwards, told the court about Mrs. Edwards reaction when her suspicions of her husband's continued infidelity were confirmed.
The day after the Enquirer's report was published, Mr. and Mrs. Edwards were en route to the Raleigh airport, but Elizabeth Edwards was pawing at her husband in the car and asking, "Is this what you two do in the car when you are together in New York City?" the court was told.
Edwards stopped the car and got into another vehicle so that they arrived at the airport in separate cars.
Reynolds testified that in October 2007 after the National Enquirer broke the story about Edwards' affair with Rielle Hunter, Elizabeth Edwards confronted the candidate at the Raleigh-Durham International Airport.
"Elizabeth was very upset," Reynolds said. "She stormed off and collapsed into a ball in the parking lot."
After collecting herself, Elizabeth Edwards came back into the hangar, found her husband and began yelling. She then pulled off her shirt and bra, leaving herself bare-chested, Reynolds said."You don't see me any more," Reynolds quoted the wife as saying.
Elizabeth Edwards died in December 2010 after a long battle with cancer.