Sean Penn, crisis counselor
John Edwards sought Hollywood help
When John Edwards was embroiled in a seamy sex scandal, he turned to a voice of reason and restraint for advice: Sean Penn.
According to People, the former presidential candidate, who is on trial in Greensboro, N.C., on charges of campaign corruption, made dozens of revisions to a public statement about the illegitimate child and sent copies to several show business supporters, including Penn, Madeleine Stowe and “Crash” director Paul Haggis.
The revelation came from testimony delivered today by Edwards’ former speech writer Wendy Button. She testified that the politician ran his admission of extramarital guilt by several Hollywood sources before going public with it in January 2010.