John Edwards Beat Up Wife Elizabeth, <em>National Enquirer</em> Reports

John Edwards Beat Up Wife Elizabeth,Reports

A disturbing report from National Enquirer claims that Elizabeth Edwards told a close friend that her husband John beat her during a marriage-ending fight. The source, unnamed, passed a lie detector test, the Enquirer report said.

The friend spoke in detail about the terrifying incident - and passed a lie detector test regarding the shocking fight.

"John beat me," Elizabeth had told the friend.

Other sources confirm that the couple's furious confrontation was the "final straw" in 60-year-old Elizabeth's decision to end their 32-year marriage.

According to the source, Elizabeth said this was the final straw: "When he (John) made the decision to hit me, it was over." The Enquirer also recounts incidents where Elizabeth "lashed out physically at John."

The news marks the first reports of violence in the tragic Edwards saga -- but comes after a string of revelations, each worse than the last, about the bumpy road that got them here. Last week, People reported that the pair was legally separating. The last straw for Elizabeth was meeting Rielle Hunter and John Edwards' love child, People reported, citing Elizabeth's sister.

Since then, more details have trickled out from long time John Edwards aide Andrew Young's new book, "The Politician," which recounts a series of incidents in the crumbling marriage, including an alleged John Edwards sex tape.

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