tonight on "nightline," indicted. an arrest warrant is issued for former presidential candidate john edwards after a grand jury hits him with six criminal counts. >> i did not break the law. >> now, is edwards headed to prison? we've got the inside story of how a one-time presidential running mate may end uppen inmate. recession pizza. it might seem like the pie is shrinking, but as more and more americans face hard times, there's one inexpensive dinner solution. we break down pizza-nomics, at 99 cents a mouth watering slice. and stumds on strings. two brothers bring their brand of classical music to the u.s. ♪
and get a rock star welcome. sexy baroque is tonight's "sign of the times.". >> announcer: from the global resources of abc news, with terry moran, cynthia mcfadden and bill weir in new york city, this is "nightline," june 3rd, 2011. >> good evening, i'm terry moran. it's an old truth in american politics. it's never the crime, it's the cover-up. an arrest warrant was issued today for former presidential candidate john edwards, after his indictment on criminal charges. and while edwards has been convicted of no crime and might never be, these charges could carry a prison sentence, a serious one. whatever the outcome of his case, the electorate is faced with a spectacle of a man who once aspired to the white house but may end up in the big house. here's bob woodruff. >> reporter: with his daughter cate by his side, today, former
senator and presidential candidate john edwards said he will fight the charges against him and win. >> i will regret for the rest of my life the pain and the harm that i have caused to others. but i did not break the law and i never, ever thought i was breaking the law. >> reporter: but the government charges he did just that, alleging he illegally solicited donations during the campaign to hide his affair with rielle hunter and the child he fathered with her. the indictment stating, quote, the public revelation of the affair and pregnancy would destroy his candidacy. though edwards did not confirm the affair until after he was no longer in the race, it did, in fact, destroy his political career and personal life. edwards denied that anyone was ever paid to cover up the affair when he first admitted to the relationship with hunter here on "nightline." >> i never paid a dime of money to any of the people that are
involved. i never asked anybody to pay a dime of money. never been told that any money's been paid. >> reporter: it's the latest and likely final chapter in one of the most sordid sex scandals in american political history. your assumption is that you would never be caught? >> first of all, it was short, it was a huge judgment -- mistake in judgment. but yeah, i didn't think anyone would ever know about it. i didn't. >> reporter: why did you continue to deny it? and not tell the truth? >> because i did not want the public to know what i had done. very simple. >> reporter: and it was that attempt to conceal the affair that led to today's indictment. at the heart of the elaborate cover-up was this man, andrew young how much money was devoted to this cover up? >> i know of over $1 million. >> reporter: young was a close edwards aide, willing to go to extremes to help his boss. >> i fell in love with him. and i viewed my job as doing everything that i could to let
him focus on running for president. >> reporter: young served as a go-between, keeping edwards' mistress from being discovered by his wife elizabeth, who was battling cancer. >> he said, andrew, whatever you do, don't let elizabeth see rielle. >> reporter: that was his fear? >> yes. >> reporter: but soon, edwards had a bigger fear. his mistress was pregnant. and while he was surf surging in the polls, the national enquirer started publishing photos of hunter. >> tabloid is full of lies. >> reporter: but despite his denials -- >> were you ever -- >> reporter: the story was heating up. he turned to his trusted confidant. >> he wanted me to issue a statement claiming paternity for rielle's child. >> reporter: so andrew took the fall, though he already had a wife and kids. they all went into hiding with
hunter. did john edwards know where you were going? >> yes. he didn't know exactly where we were, but he knew about the money and he knew about the sources. >> reporter: but edwards' wealthy campaign operative fred bar baron, now desizedeceased, claie idea was his idea. b the government says baron spent thousands of dollars, including an envelope filled with $1,000. >> looking over the bay. >> reporter: suddenly, the middle class youngs were living like kings, with baron footing the bill for this mansion in california. >> we were living in mansions, flying around in jets. it was like falling down a rabbit hole. >> reporter: the indictment lays out just how the money was spent. to keep hunter away from the attention of the media and in the lap of luxury. there were pricey flights for
hunter on chartered jets, including one for $29,000. payments for trips to florida, colorado and california, a $59,000 bill for a rental property. and, in just one month alone, the government claims $180,000 was spent on keeping hunter out of the public eye. at the time of our interview, edwards told me he didn't know any of it was happening. i do need to tell you, though, through abc investigation, there has been evidence, or we've been told that, about $15,000 a month been paid to miss hunter, so, that she could actually live out in california. >> i mean, i can answer this 100 times the same way. i had nothing to do with any money being paid and had no knowledge of any money being paid and if it's something was being paid, it wasn't being paid on my behalf. >> reporter: meanwhile, young says, edwards was pledging his loyalty. >> hey, andrew, it's john. i just wanted to tell you i love you.
>> reporter: and promising him a job as a director of the foundation that was to be set up with funding from heiress bunny mellon. >> we can count on her. >> reporter: when the job never materialized, the relationship soured. and it was young's book that finally forced john edwards to admit he was, in fact, the father of rielle hunter's daughter, quinn, now 3 years old. >> thank you very much. >> reporter: the indictment is just the next blow in a crushing year for the edwards family. elizabeth edwards died just six months ago. these days, john edwards continues to live in north carolina and reportedly sees his children often, including daughter quinn. the politician who came to prominence as a hot-shot trial lawyer facing, perhaps, the most important case of his life. >> and bob woodruff joins us now from winston-salem. bob, what an extraordinary day
in american political history. what was the emotion like there? >> reporter: well, in terms of the emotion, certainly, when john edwards came out with cate, his daughter, she's 28 now. she knows all about these details, all about the law, but they came out there and they stood side-by-side. so, certainly, publicly, they are being, very, very close. we just don't know if they're doing the same thing when they're actually private with themselves. >> so, this is a family drama in addition to everything else. and, what comes next legally, bob? >> reporter: well, legally, of course, they're going to go to trial. he did, had to surrender his passport. he was told he can't get another one. he can't leave the country now. he has to stay in the continental u.s., which means he cannot go to alaska and hawaii. he's got to stay here. and at trial, we are told, is going to be happening, starting on june ly 11th. >> all right, bob. amazing story.
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>> announcer: "nightline" continues from new york city with terry moran. >> today, the labor department reported the u.s. added 54,000 jobs last month. that is an anemic number, especially when most xhooiss predicted three times that total. americans have adopted all kinds of frugality plans in these days, including what you might call the pizza plan. eating more pizza during the recession has sent shares of pizza hut up 14% this year.
papa john's is up 20% and domino's, up more than 50%. here's papa john berman. >> reporter: as if any proof were needed of pizza's dominance in the world food order, it was shared by none less than sarah palin and donald trump. though john stuart didn't like the way they ate it. >> are you eating it with a fork? oh, [ bleep ] fork? donald trump, why don't you just take that fork and stick it right in new york's eye. >> reporter: for us little people, it's a slice of heaven. a batch of bubbling beauty. really good. but that pizza isn't just a beacon of cheesy goodness. no, it turns out these days, pizza is delivering a taste of economic goodness. there are more than 65,000 pizza parlors in the u.s. with more popping up each day. and last year, americans ordered more than 5.5 billion pies.
yes, the slice seems remarkably recession-resistant. so, you opened new locations? yes. we opened up five locations in the past year and a half. >> reporter: no way. >> yes. >> reporter: that's right. opening stores, hiring workers and selling pizza. lots of it. it's cheap. the 99 cent pizza business is booming? >> absolutely. >> reporter: ryan is the director of operations for 99 cent fresh pizza. they sell slices for just 99 cents. does it taste cheaper snr. >> i wouldn't say this is high quality pizza, but it's not bad. you get your buck's worth. >> reporter: tastes like pizza. >> uh-huh. >> reporter: you won't claim it's the best you've ever had. >> no. but it's not the worst. >> reporter: that should be your motto. not the best, but not the worst. hey. it's 99 cents. >> there you go. >> reporter: yes, there is something about pizza. with the cost of dough, cheese
and sauce, they make about 30 cents a slice. but sell 500 pies per location per day. not bad. are you guys getting rich doing this? >> no, absolutely not. >> reporter: but in this sluggish economy, cheap sells. how's the pizza business? >> getting better all the time. >> reporter: frank is president and ceo of uno. what are the perms of the pizza business? >> a lot of competition. everybody wants in. because everybody eefts pizza. >> reporter: how has it helped you pull out of the e session? >> pizza is affordable. so, as a restaurant, a lot of people come to us because they know we have pizza. and they can afford pizza. no matter what the economy is. delicious, huh? >> reporter: very good. >> really good. you're not to the best part. the best part is over here. when you get to the crust that's like -- >> reporter: i promise i'll get there. i'll tell you when i do. >> reporter: pizza, he says, is the food for every man. you think there's a pizza out there for everyone?
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you know, there's a reason it's called partying like a rock star and not partying like a classical musician. it has something to do with the overt sex appeal of the performers on stage. but now, two french heart throbs, classical musicians and brothers, may be rewriting the rules. for abbie boudreau, that is a "sign of the times." ♪ >> the first feet you put on the stage -- ♪
you feel the audience and this adrenaline coming. >> we're ready when you are. >> time to go. >> reporter: they're international heart tloebs whose love lives are often the focus of tabloid fodder in paris, do people stop you? >> every minute. no, i'm kidding. >> reporter: not a typical life for a violinist and a cellist. >> when inclose my eyes, we really feel each other. i don't know how to explain it. ♪ they play to sold out crowds worldwide. they have countless platinum cds. they're brothers. and, yes, they're french. >> are you blushing? >> reporter: no, of course not. but no, i mean -- and now, the brothers hope to inspire millimeters s millions of americans through their music. >> for young people, the fact of
receiving us not too old because of course i'm older than him but i'm just 35, which is not that old and he's 30 years old so -- >> not yet. >> we are. >> reporter: you're 29? >> yeah. >> there is a cliche of classical musicians. at least everybody can see we are absolutely normal and we're not just arriving with a big limo and coming out like -- >> reporter: and he's right there's nothing snobbish about them. what american musicians do you have on your play list? >> classical? >> reporter: well, anybody. >> well, lady gaga, for example. ♪ i have her albums. and i think she's incredible. >> reporter: the brers have been playing classical music since they were about 4 years old. >> it is like a drug. it is something i really need. i think it's difficult to describe with words. but it is really so strong. >> reporter: kind of sounds like love. >> it does. it does, yeah. it is so intimate.
and so passionate. and, yes. love. absolutely. >> reporter: we were given rare access to the brothers' closed rehearsal with the l.a. philharmonic. just a few hours away from when the brothers will take the stage and play here, together, for the first time. ♪ ♪ >> reporter: the standing ovation. >> that's amazing. a good feeling. >> reporter: and already a new generation of american fans. >> the best convert i've ever been to. >> are they single? >> reporter: for "nighin