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."


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. Pat

    That dude should just keep his mouth shut.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • abby1

      I agree. He made the situation worse each time he opened his mouth to give an interview.

      June 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dilly Bar

      He needs to keep his pants on MORE than he needs to keep his mouth shut!

      June 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hesiod

      My God you people are mentally retarded idiots. Look at a verified picture of Rep. Weiner. He's a skinny runt. This photo is of someone who is obviously bigger and more muscularly defined. This is a complete scam and a set up. It's phony. And the people falling for this are massive idiots.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lurker

      @ Hesoid – The picture is that of a toned person, which doesn't mean you have to be bulky big like Schwarzenegger to have muscles. The fact that he admitted it was him kinda solidified the evidence. Ask a fitness nut and they could probably confirm that.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. lefty avenger

    You guys are too hung up on Anthony Weiner's twitter weiner. America is still stuck in the 5th grade!

    June 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • andy

      Like when Newt spend Clinton's term fighting him over his weiner instead of getting Osama at the time.

      June 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timshappywife

      Would you be singing the same tune if it were a republican? As soon as the pic of Rep Lee hit the news, Republicans were calling for him to step down... It would seem that Democrats and Liberals don't mind being lied to so long as its done well...

      June 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • yahoo

      spoken like a true Democrate....Ignore it and hope it goes away...lol!

      June 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Auloria

      Democrats don't care about nudey pics. No one should have to step down over a private family scandal.

      June 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • krissmith777

      Lol, yep we are all hung on Anthony Weiner, and Weiner is just "hung"

      June 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  3. abby1

    Here comes the resignation.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA#1

      Let's hope so.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Timshappywife

    Wonder if he's going to come clean... BigGovernment is running a story about more photos- I don't think he can cover this one up.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Timshappywife

    lefty avenger- it's not the scandal, it's the failed cover-up that will do him in. It appears he lied to everyone.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA#1

      Including lying to his new wife of only one year. He's a dog – kick him to the curb.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. oregonian101

    Mr. Weiner needs to, without hedging, admit or deny the photos are of him. Frankly, I think the pictures are of him. I am surprised at the elementary stupidity of public figures who decide to foolishly enjoy social media in that manner. Many people do what he may have done. However, political figures, actors and other people who have significance in our country should know better. Mr. Weiner, if the initial photo was of his crotch, should have admitted it then. He needs to take his lumps, even if he has to resign. And I am a democrat who likes Congressman Weiner's political stances.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • ITGuy

      He really doesn't. I don't need to know if that was his tool that's been shown to my kids all week. He's stated that he didn't send the tweet. If the media wants to find out whether he was lying or not, that would be a good use of time. But the focus on whether or not that junkshot is of him or of someone else really adds nothing to the discussion.

      June 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • DocJoseph

      I think you may not be aware that Rep. Weiner has been using Twitter for some time, and he is well aware of how it works and what happens to tweets. "Elementary stupidity" or foolishness is thinking something private will never become public. He was not under that impression. People are confusing the instant message/email scandals, Craig's list/email scandals, and public media like Twitter.

      Is everyone that is hacked "foolish"? Or have you already convinced yourself that there is no possible way that he could have been hacked?

      June 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Eileeen

    Why do we care about this? Why are we wasting news time on something so stupid! If it is his chest maybe he is showing how to get ripped in 60. He is only showing his chest crying out loud, if he were overweight you would be harping about America's obesity problem! I mean really there has to be far more important things to talk and air about.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • infiltrator

      Why do we care? Maybe because he's a married man and is apparently sending these photos out to women other than his wife. If someone will cheat the people closest to them, what do you think they would be willing to do to those they do not know or have any affection for, yet have a level of power over?

      June 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • franktrhone

      I still don't care. his married life has nothing to do with national issues.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA#1

      Infiltrator – excellent point and well said. Out that piece of trash goes.....buh bye loser!!

      June 6, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Craigster

      It may be okay with you to be lied to, but it is not okay with me so it is important. If he lied about this what else will he/ has he lied about?

      June 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Erica

    Yes, please come out and admit your lies so the press can hopefully move on to more important topics.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mike

    Ummm, you're hours and hours late...

    June 6, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timshappywife


      June 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • DocJoseph

      So the photo was with an email sent May 4? And now it's on twitter? I'm thinking he took the pictures, but didn't tweet them.

      Why won't they way who this lady is?

      June 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Kruegear.com

    Ruh Roh...

    June 6, 2011 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. USA#1

    More pictures were found. uh oh!! Stick a fork in him – his cooked, that skinny little slimy weiner!!!

    June 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chuck

    I honestly couldn't care less if the photo is of him or not. I wish he would say if it was or it wasn't so that people who do will just shut-up about it.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. carruth

    what a perfect match of name and personality type....this guy must have spent half his life in grade school being picked on....it really shows in his demeanor...

    June 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jazzzzzz in a Onesey

    I want the little slimy weiner.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA#1

      As soon as his wife divorces him, he's all yours that skinny little slimy weiner!

      June 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Oscar Meyer

    I think right now he'd rather be an Oscar Meyer Weiner.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
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