John Edwards' attorneys have threatened litigation against local news website DNAinfo after the site published a report Thursday about the former senator and presidential candidate, according to the site's managing editor.
Crime and investigative reporter Murray Weiss reported that a prostitute working with soccer-mom Madam Anna Gristina told investigators probing Gristina's operation that the former senator and presidential candidate engaged her services during a fund-raising visit to New York in 2007.
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“Mr. Edwards categorically denies that he was involved with any prostitute or service," one of his attorneys said in a statement yesterday. "These allegations are false, defamatory, and he puts those who would publish or repeat them on notice that they are acting with actual malice by reporting or repeating them.”
But Weiss told Capital Friday afternoon that he "stands a thousand percent behind the story" and still welcomes an official response from the Edwards camp.
Likewise, Michael Ventura, DNAinfo's managing editor said: "We've invited them to provide us with additional information, if they have any, but to this point we haven't heard back from them. We stand by our story."