Sex partner: Rielle Hunter
Year it leaked: 2010
In the end, the John Edwards-Rielle Hunter tape was just one more unpleasant detail in a story of an epic political and personal flame-out that included an affair, a kooky mistress, a love child, a cover-up, a wife with cancer, and misuse of campaign funds. The footage was turned in as evidence by former campaign aide Andrew Young; a judge ordered it destroyed.

Real or fake?: Real