Earlier this month, news broke that a mother of four on the Upper East Side of Manhattan was running her own high-end brothel right out of her E. 78th Street apartment. Her clients were described as powerful individuals in the city, but it wasn't until now that an actual name leaked. And it's none other than disgraced former Democratic North Carolina Senator, John Edwards

Considering his checkered past, this claim isn't particularly surprising - this is, after all, the same man who cheated on his cancer-stricken wife - but it's still big news. The accusations that Edwards was a client of the brothel are being made by a former call girl from the prostitution ring, who says that she met up with Edwards in 2007 while he was campaigning for president. Additionally, the article claims that the police have known for years, but chose not to involve the feds as it was a "low-level infraction." 

The one-night fling allegedly took place at an Upper East Side hotel suite and was arranged by an aide with help from a New Yorker familiar with Gristina's prostitution ring, sources said.

The prostitute claiming to have slept with Edwards provided a detailed, first-hand account of their encounter to investigators in the Manhattan District Attorney's office in 2008 after they began probing Gristina's operation, sources said... Investigators found the woman credible, but never notified federal authorities, seeing no reason to involve the feds in a low-level local infraction, sources told DNAinfo.

Edwards is denying the claims, but we'd like to remind everybody that he also denied his affair with Rielle Hunter, and we all know how that turned out.

[via Gawker]