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Former presidential candidate John Edwards on Friday admitted to having had an extramarital affair in 2006 with a novice filmmaker.

Edwards previously lied about the matter during his presidential campaign, denying a tabloid's report on it in October and subsequent allegations. But in an interview with ABC News' Bob Woodruff (broadcast on Friday night), Edwards went public about having had sexual relations with Rielle Hunter, but denied that he is the father of her young daughter. Like a lot of people, the two met at a bar in New York. Unlike a lot of people, his political action committee later paid her $114,000 to produce documentary videos for his campaign website.

"In 2006, I made a serious error in judgment and conducted myself in a way that was disloyal to my family and to my core beliefs," he said in a statement. "I recognized my mistake and I told my wife that I had a liaison with another woman, and I asked for her forgiveness."

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