Andrew Young told a different story. He said he and wife Cheri briefly returned to Raleigh, N.C., in July 2008 to clear out the house where Hunter had briefly lived before their December 2007 escape from the media.
Young said they found a box Hunter had left behind, which included some videotapes, in a pile of trash.
"It [the tape] was cut and pulled ... out," Cheri Young told ABC News, "We... taped it back together and we played it."
Young, who had worked for Edwards since his 1998 Senate win, said he was absolutely sure it was his boss in the tape.
"It's definitely him. You never see her face. But you see -- you clearly see his face for a long time. And I can't speak for the other body parts, but it's definitely his face," Young told ABC News.
The Youngs said they were "aghast" by the contents and the thoughtlessness of leaving it in a house that was on the market.
"It's amazing the tape exists. ... But to leave it in a house that's for sale -- where Realtors are going to be coming through it -- and leave it there for eight months -- is unbelievable," Young said.
By that point, Young's relationship with Edwards was rapidly deteriorating, and he said he believed that the tape was an important chip against his boss.
"We felt like we finally had something that completely corroborated what we said," Young told ABC News.
Young justified his actions, writing how he made plans to secure the tapes and leave copies with his lawyer should anything happen to him.
"We weren't going to use it in any nefarious way, but I planned to deposit a copy in a safe-deposit box and place at least one other with an attorney with instructions to make it public, if necessary, should anything suspicious befall us," Young wrote. "I had read enough John Grisham novels to think that ... sometimes powerful, rich people don't always play by the rules. And we were scared."
The long-time, loyal aide had made himself indispensable to both John and Elizabeth Edwards professionally and personally. But he burst onto the national stage in December 2007 as the man who "took the bullet" for the Democratic contender, falsely claiming paternity of Edwards' daughter to protect Edwards' reputation and political career.
For Young, admitting paternity was the ultimate sacrifice for a political figure and a man he had long revered, but it was far from the first hit he took for the presidential hopeful.
Since the summer of 2006, Young said he was aware of Edwards' affair with Hunter and was ultimately entrusted by Edwards to conceal it. The affair, Young says, began in February 2006.
Young claims that Edwards even called upon him in late May 2007 to convince Hunter to terminate her pregnancy.
"The senator tried to convince her to have an abortion. ... He tried to convince me to convince Rielle to have an abortion," Young told Woodruff.
"She [Hunter] asked me if I were in her shoes what would I do. And if I said, 'I'm pro-choice, but after having had three kids, if you're asking me what I would do, no, I would not do it,'" Young recalled of his conversation with Hunter.
Young claims that Edwards was infuriated with him for not convincing Hunter and stressed that he was not certain the baby was his because Hunter was a "weird slut and a freak."