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. Casual

    I guess there is always going to be large sausages in goverment, one way or another....

    Why do people feel the need to photograph their junk? Do they need reminding of what their package looks like? Do men think if they send a photo of themselves naked we gals will just get the vapors and rush right over?

    Does this work in 2011? I have been married forever and I'm clueless how one gets a date today.....is this IT? Is this normal?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • America's Guest

      It's call a Narcissitic personality

      June 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Oldie in TampaBay

    if he is going to lie about all this .. what else will he lie about later on?

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

      He never lied. He NEVER said the photos weren't him. Sorry; you're gonna have to work harder than that.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Martin

      This reasoning of yours is pretty weak...

      June 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • America's Guest

      If your wife can't trust you, than who can?

      June 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Do we know the date of this photo? He's only been married for like a year? How do you know he was married when this was taken?

      June 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • whatever

      In regards to Jim. You state that he never lied? You are correct in your statement that he never denied that the photos were him. Rep. Weiner did however claim to have his twitter account hacked, which is untrue. Rep Weiner did claim that someone else, the hacker, posted that photo, which is untrue. So when the original poster says that Rep Weiner lied, he is correct. He fabricated a story to cover up and embarrassing action.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Duane - St.Pete FL

    wow........Weiner can't control his weiner.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Debi

    Why do we find that we must interfer in the private lives of public people? If he sent nude pictures of himself to underage girls it would be illegal. He sent a picture of himself in underwear to a woman over the age of 17, this makes it a personal matter between his wife and himself. He did not send this picture while he was on official business. He sent it from his personal account.
    Just like Lee from NY-26. I still have not figured out why he resigned over something that was a private matter and not done on 'the company dime'.
    Why is this country going downhill fast? Because instead of teaching our kids math and reading, we are too busy teaching them what the latest YouTube video can do for them.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • America's Guest

      I clearly agree with you IF the individul did not work for the US tax payer, BUT when you are representing and being paid by "The People" for "The People" and your moral compass is off....You bet I want to know. If his wife cannot trust him, than neither can I

      June 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Diane

    Andy–not everyone supports corrupt religious televangelists. They are a subject unto themselves. speaking of hypocrites.....

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

    How dumb can you get! Note to morons: if you hold public office – don't do this crap; it will catch up with you. Sheesh, how dumb can some people be!

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

    No wonder the GOP is after him; He's physically fit, and he likes women. Well, he's got my vote.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TJ

    He's done. Stick a fork in him.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. TRH

    Well, the Repubotwits finally have a Democrat they can laugh about and kick around a while. Considering their parties' candidates' dalliances they needed one for a long time.

    I'll admit however that this Weiner guy is an A**HOLE of the first order. Another powerful politician in it for the prestige, power, money, and ego-boosting.

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

      That's what they're all in it for. No one would put up with all the nonsense politicians put up with if they didn't really thrive on all the p's: power, prestige, privilege...

      June 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      Yes, someone to take Joe Biden's spot..

      June 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Diane

    YAWN!....

    June 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. America's Guest

    What a PSYCHOPATH this guy is

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

      Why?

      June 6, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • USA#1

      Nice uh? Tha't who we have representing us in Washington. He's a LOSER!

      June 6, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • America's Guest

      To Jim: Because he is a Babbling Idiot. Did you see his interivew with Wolf Blitzer?

      June 6, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  12. texgrl

    Surprise, surprise....

    June 6, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jay

    Really who cares? Just another politician doing something stupid. You think we could stop worrying about their conduct and start thinking more along the lines of healthcare, jobs, the national debt and anything else that deserves more attention?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • TJ

      Are you for real? If they don't care how the conduct themselves, what makes you think they give a rat's behind about the American people?

      June 6, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Lardoggy

    I aways love it when they come clean after the fact,I bet his wife is happy! LOL

    June 6, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  15. USA#1

    His wife is Hillary Clinton's Chief of Staff. I wonder what kind of advise Hillary is giving her right now. "Oh honey, they all do it. Just forgive him and move on. If Bill and I could do it, you can do it too."

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