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. saburo

    I love that directly behind his (his) left shoulder is a picture of what appears to be him and Bill Clinton.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kjvb28

      He is in good company!

      June 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ian

      That's him and Newt!

      June 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    Can we get on to some real news now? This story is a waste of perfectly good electrons.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tom

    This guy is HOT! We need MORE pictures of him!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Big Ben

    A Great Bode, A Great Politican and A BIG Lost but NOT a Gainer for the Right!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. mikemc1970

    In the breitbart photo you can clearly see his chin and nose. This is Weiner. I wonder why CNN felt it necessary to photoshop Weiners distinctive facial features out? Oh that's right they carry water for the left.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Don Wattson

    The guy should have just confessed to everything from day one and laughed it off. Instead, he tried to deny it by avoiding direct questions and proposing possible explanations (photoshop and hacked accounts) which makes it look like he thinks we're all fools who wouldn't notice what he was trying to do. It was insulting to the intelligence of everyone listening. A six year old could see through that. How could someone get so far in life and still be so stupid?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  7. justagirl

    This pic doesn't do a thing for me. Girls aren't boob vs butt vs legs. We usually require a bit more upstairs. Does this mean he likes boobs?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. moloa

    This is all Al Gores fault. Didn't he invent the internet?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mark from Louisiana

    What a douchbag, he needs to resign today, not tomorrow.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Shirley

    Okay, he said he did it, he apologized to EVERYONE. So let's get on with something else. NO ONE IS PERFECT! There are more important things going on in Washington to be upset about. Try following how your Congress people are voting instead of following the media's scuzz!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Don Wattson

      Yeah, NOW he says he did it – after his lies and denials didn't work. What, we don't even value honesty any more? We respect people who lie first and confess later?

      June 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PotFace

    He'll resign just before he's kicked out. Our politicians these days really suck.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kay

    He'll resign by the end of the week.

    And be on Dancing with the Stars next year!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. D

    And?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Robita

    So, this is news why?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  15. USA#1

    Get this straight – the ONLY thing he is sorry for is getting caught, period!!! Slime ball!!!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robita

      Why the crap do you care?

      June 6, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
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