April, 19 2007: Edwards's campaign suffers embarrassing blow after it is revealed the campaign paid for two $400 haircuts for Edwards from a Beverly Hills stylist. Rachel Mellon, known as Bunny, a 99-year-old heiress to the Mellon fortune, writes Young a letter saying that she would pay for any expenses the senator incurred that could not be covered by the campaign. This leads her to ultimately (and unwittingly) pay for Hunter's expenses.
April 26, 2007: Edwards at a televised Democratic debate is asked to name a person he considers a moral leader. After mentioning Jesus Christ and before naming his father, he says, "My wife, who I think is the finest human being I have ever known, is a source of great conscience for me." Hunter calls Young and says, "My wife is my moral leader? We're all going to hell."
May 2007: Hunter tells Edwards and Young she is pregnant. Young claims Edwards asks him to convince Hunter to have an abortion. Young, on behalf of Edwards, asks several people for financial help, but is refused. In the end they turn to Bunny Mellon. "She would do anything for him ... So, I called her and the Senator called her and she said, 'Absolutely, I will send you whatever money you need for this non-campaign expense, didn't care what it was as long as it was something to help John Edwards," says Young.
July 30, 2007: The Edwardses celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary with a trip to Wendy's. "Good Morning America" and People magazine give extensive coverage. Young says Hunter is outraged.
Sept. 27, 2007: The National Enquirer locates a pregnant Hunter in New Jersey at the home of her friend Mimi Hockman. Young, asked by Edwards to handle the matter, moves Hunter down to North Carolina. That was the first time Cheri Young meets Hunter.
October/November 2007: After two weeks of living with the Youngs, Hunter moves into a home nearby, paid for with Mellon's money. Young purchases Hunter a $28,0000 BMW in his name, signs a year-long lease for $2,900 per month for her rental home and gets her credit cards in false name.
October 2007: The National Enquirer runs an article alleging that Edwards was involved in an extra-marital affair, but does not name Hunter.
Oct. 17, 2007: Ladies Home Journal publishes survey results on happiest married couple among presidential candidates. The Edwardses win the poll.
Dec. 12, 2007: The National Enquirer photographs an obviously pregnant Hunter, shortly after she had visited her OB/GYN. Hunter calls Young in a panic. Edwards calls the Youngs and asks Young to issue a statement, claiming paternity for Hunter's child.
Dec. 19, 2007: The National Enquirer publishes a photo of a pregnant Hunter, alleging she is Edwards' mistress and her baby the product of their affair. Young's attorney, Pam Marple, issues the following statement: "As confirmed by Ms. Hunter, Andrew Young is the father of her unborn child. Senator Edwards knew nothing about the relationship between these former co-workers, which began when they worked together in 2006. As a private citizen who no longer works for the campaign, Mr. Young asks that the media respect his privacy while he works to make amends with his family."