Anthony Weiner responds to sexting allegations


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THE COURIER/File photo
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Anthony Weiner’s sex scandal troubles are ready for their own comeback.

The Dirty, a gossip and satire website, is claiming that the mayoral candidate’s sexting did not end with his June 2011 resignation from Congress.

But this time, Weiner is not denying the allegations.

In a statement released today, he said some of the claims published on the site are true.

“I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have,” Weiner said. “As I have said in the past, these things that I did were wrong and hurtful to my wife and caused us to go through challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation from Congress. While some things that have been posted today are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong.”

“This behavior is behind me,” the statement continued. “I’ve apologized to Huma [Abedin, Weiner’s wife] and am grateful that she has worked through these issues with me and for her forgiveness. I want to again say that I am very sorry to anyone who was on the receiving end of these messages and the disruption that this has caused. As my wife and I have said, we are focused on moving forward.”

The site posted screenshots of sexually explicit online messages between the former Queens congressmember and a then-22-year-old woman.

The Dirty quoted the young woman, who is choosing to remain anonymous, as claiming to have had an online and over-the-phone relationship with Weiner for six months starting in July 2012. She “believed they were in love,” according to www.thedirty.com.

The woman also said that after Weiner started the relationship with her through Facebook, he promised her a job at the news publication Politico and a condo in Chicago, among other things.

By August, the relationship had escalated to phone sex and exchanging naked photos, according to the woman.

Weiner would allegedly send pictures of his genitals to her using the name “Carlos Danger.” The Dirty posted one of those photos online along with the woman’s claims.

The two even planned to meet to have sex, she said.

“We only spoke once in December 2012, and then I didn’t hear from Anthony Weiner again until April 11, 2013 when a [New York Times] article about him was released,” she told The Dirty. “He reactivated his Facebook and asked me what I thought of it.”

Following Weiner’s latest confession, Democratic mayoral candidate Sal Albanese said that these latest allegations prove that he is “unfit to serve as mayor.

“Unfortunately, my other opponents have danced around the issue. I’m not going to do that,” he said in a statement. “I’m calling for Anthony Weiner to do right by New Yorkers and withdraw from the race.”

Mayoral candidates, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, and Republican John Catsimatidis, also called for Weiner’s resignation today.

In a press conference Tuesday evening Weiner refused to quit the race, and apologized, standing by his initial statement.

“I’m responsible for this behavior that led [my wife and me] to be in this place, but in many ways things are not that much different than they were yesterday,” said Weiner.

He reiterated that he wouldn’t dispute any allegations, but wouldn’t confirm specifics.

Weiner did address the timeline of events admitting, “some of these things happened before my resignation, some of them happened after.”

His wife also spoke , saying that her husband made “some horrible mistakes” before and after he left Congress, but that they had worked through it.

“I love him. I have forgiven him. I believe in him,” she stated. “And, as we have said from the beginning, we are moving forward.”

Updated July 23, 6:16 p.m.

 

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