Weiner admits sending inappropriate photos, says he won't resign
Conservative site BigGovernment.com says a woman claims this photo was sent to her by U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner.
June 6th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

Weiner admits sending inappropriate photos, says he won't resign

[Updated at 5:30 p.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner said Monday he has sent inappropriate photos to and had inappropriate communications with about six women over the past three years - some after he was married - and says he's "very sorry."

The photos include one - sent on his Twitter account more than a week ago - that he had previously claimed was a result of a hacker's prank, the New York Democrat told reporters Monday afternoon at a New York City hotel.

He said he's made "terrible mistakes and ... hurt the people that I care about the most," but he won't step down from Congress and has no intentions of  separating from his wife.

"I'm deeply regretting what I’ve done, and I’m not resigning," he said.

The women are "generally women that I met on Facebook," Weiner said. He said he never met the women in person, and has never had sex outside his marriage.

Of the photo that got the media's attention late last month - a picture of a man in underwear that was sent on Weiner's Twitter account - he said that he mistakenly tweeted it publicly. "I intended to send (the photo) as a direct message to a woman as part of a joke to a woman in Seattle," he said.

When reporters asked him about it at the time, he said that he was the victim of a hacker and a prank.

"Once I realized I had posted to Twitter, I panicked, I took it down and said that I’d been hacked," Weiner said Monday. "I then continued with that story - to stick to that story - which was a hugely regrettable mistake. This woman was unwittingly dragged into this and bears 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."

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He added that he's "deeply sorry for the pain this has caused" to his wife, friends and constituents.

Weiner said whether he would run for re-election is "the last thing on my mind."

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Earlier in the day, Weiner faced new questions after BigGovernment.com, a site run by conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart, posted a picture of a bare-chested man that it says a woman claims came from Weiner.

[Posted at 4:16 p.m. ET] U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-New York, is scheduled to address members of the news media late Monday afternoon in a New York City hotel, according to his office.

CNN will have live coverage of the address.

News of Weiner's planned address comes amid more than a week of controversy over photos that are alleged to have come from him or his Twitter account, including one released Monday by BigGovernment.com, a site run by conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart. The site has posted a picture of a bare-chested man that it says a woman claims came from Weiner.

CNN has been unable to independently confirm that the image is that of the congressman or was sent by him.

As reporters waited for Weiner to make his address Monday afternoon, Breitbart appeared at the hotel, and - apparently at the urging of reporters - took to a podium and spoke to the media, CNN's Mary Snow reported.

The latest photo emerged more than a week after a different photograph - one of a man in underwear - was sent on Weiner's Twitter account. Weiner has said that he didn't send that photo, and that he was the victim of a hacker and a prank.

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  1. James

    WEINER... YOUR TYPICAL DEMOCRAT!!!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zach

      James...your typical idiot!!!

      June 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Zosimoff

      How is he a "typical Democrat"? It's normally the Republican's caught in these scandals!

      He was just stupid not to admit it and move on.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liberals Suc

      Didn't realize Edwards was a conservative. What a tool.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joe Jonesus

    You can't blame the guy... after all he was thinking like a "Weiner".

    June 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bb

    Lesson learned – you've got to pick your priorities and stick with 'em. Hope this guy can prove himself worthy to the people who count in his life. Go fight the good fight for the people who don't have the luxury to involve themselves as ridiculously as you have, Mr. Weiner.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  4. thetruth23

    Oh come on...he was only doing what politicians do best. LIE!!!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. T3chsupport

    Damn, Weiner has a hot bod.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liberals Suc

      Yep, some nice man boobs.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  6. EdR

    Ok.. who is more stupid.. this guy or Sarah Palin?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    Omg, I just saw a picture of his wife....I have never seen her before...*why* would he look elsewhere?
    What an absolute doofus!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shannon Nutt

      To paraphrase Bill Maher – show me a beautiful girl, and I'll show you a guy whose tired of f#$ing her.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mike

    Keep your "wiener" in your pants and this wont happen.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. The Selfish Gene ...Simmons

    Out. Out. Out.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. melissa

    I feel sorry for the guy. He was crying like a kid caught jerking off and being scolded. Other than that, he is clearly an idiot.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Antonio M

    Very nice Mr. Weiner. I must say his last name may be Weiner but that picture in the briefs shows a different PRINT of view. Also, very nice build. Mr. Weiner what's your number???? Everyone get the hell off his back! Leave him alone!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Moe

    CNN once again gets played like a fiddle from our sleazy friends on the left.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Melina319

    I dont see what any of his personal life has to do with his job performance. I refuse to accept that once someone enters politics that we all own every piece of their lives. He's obviously not a very good husband. The only person to whom that should matter is his wife. Can't you people think of something that genuinely deserves your rage? You're pathetic.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bryan

    So let me get this straight – the Dems call for the previous Republican congressman to resign because he sent a pic to a woman on CraigsList – but they don't ask Weiner to resign after lying about sending pics? Hypocritical? How arrogant of Weiner to not resign after lying to every media outlet.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  15. epona30

    This really is not a rep or dem issue. This is a stupid man issue. Those you can find in all walks of life:(

    June 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      Agree, we see it from both sides. He needs to resign. Sending lewd pics to college girls is ridiculous.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
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