Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Anthony Weiner confirms validity of at least 'some' newly uncovered sexually-tinged social media messages

One would think that after the sexting scandal that ended with him resigning from Congress, New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner would have learned his lesson. However, a Tuesday press conference points to the possibility that he did not.

Weiner confirmed that some newly emerged -- on Monday, via the gossip website "The Dirty" -- sexual exchanges he had with an unnamed woman are real. In a statement, 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. I've apologized to Huma (his wife) and am grateful that she has worked through these issues with me and for her forgiveness.
According to "The Dirty," sexually-tinged messages were allegedly posted under the pseudonym "Dangr33" on social media site Formspring in 2012. That would have been after Weiner left Congress, which he did in 2011 after admitting he sent sexual photos of himself to women on Twitter.

"The Dirty" also alleged that Weiner communicated with the woman through his Facebook page.

Although validating that at least some of these messages were real, Weiner did not comment on when these newly emerged messages took place.

"The Dirty's" post cited a "solid" source who purported to be a 22-year-old woman that was the recipient of some of Weiner's messages. She added that Weiner promised to secure her a place on a panel hosted by Politico, as well as purchase a condominium for her in Chicago.

The unnamed woman said:
I just want people to really know he's lying when he acts like he has changed.
Could the story have been leaked simply to derail Weiner's mayoral candidacy? It's unclear, but common sense would say it will probably influence voters. Some recent polls have shown Weiner leading City Council speaker Christine Quinn going into the Sept. 10 Democratic primary, but others have shown him trailing.

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