A North Carolina judge said Wednesday he was willing to order John Edwards to testify in a lawsuit about a sex tape involving the two-time presidential candidate.
Robert Elliot, an attorney for former Edwards aide Andrew Young, said he has been unable to serve Edwards with a subpoena because he has been difficult to find. He asked the judge for help in getting Edwards' deposition by the end of this month, saying he'd like the judge's support if he can't find the former North Carolina senator soon.
"I'll certainly sign an order to direct him to appear," Judge Carl Fox said.
A lawyer for Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, said they would like time to make arguments before the judge takes that step. A spokeswoman for Edwards, Joyce Fitzpatrick, declined immediate comment.
Earlier, Hunter's attorneys argued she should have some of the profits from Young's tell-all book, saying she is entitled to an undisclosed amount of money because Young promoted it by talking about the sex tape. Hunter is suing to reclaim the video she made and believes the tape was taken from a box of her personal belongings.