July 24, 2013

Anthony Weiner caught in another sexting scandal

The Associated Press

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New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner speaks during a news conference alongside his wife Huma Abedin at the Gay Men's Health Crisis headquarters, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in New York. The former congressman says he's not dropping out of the New York City mayoral race in light of newly revealed explicit online correspondence with a young woman. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Timeline of Anthony Weiner's sexting scandal

May 27, 2011: Then-congressman Anthony Weiner sends a waist-down photo to a 21-year-old female college student in Seattle. The photo is quickly deleted and Weiner tweets that his Facebook account had been hacked. In the days following the tweet, spokesman calls the photo "a distraction" perpetuated by a hacker and Weiner fends off questions about the photo.

June 1, 2011: Weiner tells MSNBC he cannot say "with certitude" whether the photo of a man's underpants was of him or not but continues to deny sending it. Photos of a shirtless Weiner surface, purportedly from a second woman.

June 6, 2011: Additional photos and messages purportedly sent to another woman surface. Weiner admits sending the waist-down photo and acknowledges "inappropriate" exchanges with six women before and after getting married. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi calls for an ethics committee investigation.

June 9, 2011: Weiner insists he will not resign despite rapidly eroding support among his fellow Democrats.

June 10, 2011: Police in Delaware say they interviewed a 17-year-old girl about online contact she had with Wiener. A spokeswoman for the congressman says the contact was "neither explicit nor indecent."

June 11, 2011: Weiner announces he's entering professional treatment and requests a leave of absence from Congress.

June 12, 2011: Photos surface online that were purportedly taken in the House members' gym and show a shirtless Weiner with a towel around his waist.

June 16, 2011: Weiner resigns from Congress. He apologizes to his neighbors, constituents and wife for his "personal mistakes" and "the embarrassment" he caused.

May 22, 2013: Weiner launches his re-entry into the world of politics with a run for New York City mayor, asking voters for a second chance. He says he can't guarantee other explicit images won't emerge or that other people won't come forward.

July 23, 2013: Weiner admits sending additional explicit photos and texts to a woman he met online. Weiner does not say when the exchanges occurred but said his behavior created "challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation."

 

The woman said she and Weiner also exchanged nude photos of themselves and engaged in phone sex. The Dirty ran a pixelated photo of what it said were Weiner's genitals.

"This was a bad situation for me because I really admired him. Even post scandal, I thought he was misunderstood. Until I got to know him. I thought I loved him. Pretty pathetic," the woman was quoted as telling the website.

She said he later asked her to destroy the evidence of their chats. She insisted that she never had sex with Weiner or received any payment from him.

The woman said her relationship with Weiner "fizzled" in November 2012. She said she last heard from him this past April, when his intention to run for mayor was revealed in a New York Times Magazine profile.

Weiner said that not every allegation made by the woman was true but that he was not going to dispute specific claims. The lawyer for The Dirty's founder, Nik Ritchie, said his client was ill and would not comment Tuesday.

Weiner said his last sexting exchange happened "sometime last summer, I think," after he and his wife sat down for a glowing People magazine profile in which they said their troubles were behind them.

Abedin, who was pregnant when the original sexting scandal broke and gave birth months later, has played a large and visible role in his mayoral campaign.

Two weekends ago, she walked hand-in-hand with Weiner as they talked to voters on a Harlem street.

Three of his rivals for mayor — Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former City Councilman Sal Albanese, both Democrats, and billionaire John Catsimatidis, a Republican — called on Weiner to quit the race.

"Enough is enough," de Blasio said. "The sideshows of this election have gotten in the way of the debate we should be having about the future of this city."

Another mayoral hopeful, city Comptroller John Liu, stopped short of calling for Weiner to bow out, but suggested his "propensity for pornographic selfies is a valid issue for voters."

The other leading Democratic candidates, including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, did not immediately comment.

The disclosure suddenly puts Weiner's indiscretions, judgment and candor back in the forefront of his campaign, political analysts said.

"It makes it tougher to believe this is behind him," said Democratic former state Assemblyman Michael Benjamin, now a political consultant.

Some voters have said they felt Weiner had atoned for his past and were willing to give him a second chance. But a third chance, for misbehavior that occurred after his resignation?

"I think he had a chance to redeem himself and if he did it twice, he really betrayed the public's trust again," said Jeremy Green, a New Yorker. "I think he's past the point of no return for New Yorkers."

 

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