NY Congressman Anthony Weiner admits to sending inappropriate photo
Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admitted that he sent a lewd photo to a 21-year-old Seattle college student on Twitter and then lied to cover up his “terrible mistakes.”
“I panicked,” Weiner said at the press conference. “I regret not being honest about this. I was embarrassed. I was humiliated. I was trying to protect my wife, I was trying to protect myself from shame, and I regret it.”
Weiner repeatedly apologized to his wife, Huma Abedin, a long-time aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Weiner said he will not resign. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) has called for an ethics committee investigation into whether Weiner’s conduct violated any House rules. “I am deeply disappointed and saddened about this situation; for Anthony’s wife, Huma, his family, his staff and his constituents,” Pelosi said in a statement.
Transcript of Weiner’s statement:
“I’d like to take this time to clear up some of the questions that have been raised over the past 10 days or so and take full responsibility for my actions.
At the outset, I’d like to make it clear that I’ve made terrible mistakes that have hurt the people I care about the most and I’m deeply sorry.
I’ve not been honest with myself, my family, my constituents, my friends, and supporters and the media.
Last Friday night, I tweeted a photograph of myself that I’d intended to send as a direct message as part of a joke to a woman in Seattle. Once I realized that I had posted to Twitter, I panicked, I took it down and said that I’d been hacked. I then continued with that story and stick to that story, which was a hugely regrettable mistake. This woman was unwittingly dragged into this and bears absolutely no responsibility. I’m so sorry to have disrupted her life in this way.
To be clear, the picture was of me, and I sent it.
I’m deeply sorry for the pain this has caused for my wife, Huma, and our family and my constituents, my friends, supporters, and staff.
In addition, over the past few years, I’ve engaged in several inappropriate conversations conducted over Twitter, Facebook, email, and occasionally on the phone with women I had met online. I’ve exchanged messages and photos of explicit nature with about six women over the last three years. For the most part, these communications took place before my marriage though some have sadly took place after. To be clear, I have never met any of these women or had physical relationships at anytime.
I haven’t told the truth, and I’ve done things I’ve deeply regret. I brought pain to the people I care about the most and people who believed in me, and for that I’m deeply sorry.
I apologize to my wife and our families as well as to our friends and supporters. I’m deeply ashamed in my terrible judgment and actions.”
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