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. missy

    And he was such a WEINER acting All angry to the press! Loser! Not enuf attention from wife and voters?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  2. schrish

    What a dick!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • dave in Ohio

      Is this where the expression "What a weiner" comes from?

      June 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JustininATL

    Perhaps those that people who commented on here would like to apologize for demonizing Breitbart as merely an ideological hack not interested in the truth and trying to destroy the Congressman's reputation based on false accusations?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • ^

      Nothing has changed the fact that Brietbart is a Dick.

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

    I guess if you want to be a politician, you need to have idiot in your resume! Another example of incredibly poor judgment by another politician that feels he/she is above and exempt from the law!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • SusaSeign

      I don't believe the law has anything to do with this. Sending pictures of this sort is not illegal activity.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Diane

      What law???

      Millions of guys do this every day.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Harold Maurer

    Is there a recovery camp for this sort of thing? Can he be cured in 3 months?

    Works for fundamentalist gay bashers who get caught with their trousers down...why not peter tweeters?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  6. sixfourtwo

    He'll end u

    When the smoke clears, he'll end up hosting his own CNN show.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Limbaugh is a liberal

    If this is the worst thing this congressman does in office (as opposed to the rampant corruption and bribes every one of his republican critics takes in every day) then he is doing far better than most of Congress.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • TRouble

      Hello Pot? This is the Kettle.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Yolanda

    Nice chest......mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm 😉

    June 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Watching the Press

    Nice chest. And your resination will be when?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sandylove

    I was a fan and believed in him. But I agree that he needs to leave NOW in disgrace!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Dr Perry Fisher

    that little man should quit politics he is a liar.Weiner has some current affairs they will soon surface

    June 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  12. banasy

    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha (breathes deeply) ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kathleen

    This is what Mr. Weiner is doing on the country's "dime." And people wonder why nothing gets done in Washington. He lied to his wife, his staff and the press... until today. He should resign.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Wait... why is this on the country's dime? It was done on his personal PC at his house. Am I missing something here? Do you consider your weekends and evenings to be the property of your employer?

      June 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • MAM

      On the country's dime??
      How exactly?

      June 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Oopsie

    Notice how the democrats at CNN chopped off the top of photo, removing his distinctive face and nose. Not to mention the background photos which identify him. Ergo, it's not him! What, this is all?!? This is nothing people. Please move on and let this man work. Please, please blame breitbart.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Erik

    Both parties' men's actions are wrong. They got caught doing stupid, personal things millions of people have done. Give it a rest and quit being so judgemental. None of them claim to be 100% pure and to expect otherwise is ludicrous. They aren't slaves to the public. They do and should have personal lives whether we agree with exactly what they do or not. It's not illegal.

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