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. Telly Savalis

    He's cut. Glad that he spends so much time in the gym fighting for the little guy and the disposessed. Oh, and uh, young supple ladies.

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

      GOP Translation: You must be a fat slob to be a patriot.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Harold Maurer

    Fire him! He lacks common sense and judgment. Imagine, this guy gets to decide about Medicare!

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

      If common sense were a prerequisite for Congress, the only people in the Capitol would be the janitors and guards.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sara Roberts

      I agree! Weiner is a Wiener!!!! He should resign IMMEDIATELY!!!! With people like this making decisions for our country, God help us!!!

      June 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  3. littlebit

    at least he should have been smarter then to take a picture of himself, without the family pictures in the background. What is it with men in power with beautiful wives that cheat and then when they are caught they lie even though there is always proof? I just don't get it.

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

    He'a a LIAR. Once a liar – always a LIAR. I don't want an admitted LIAR in government. We have too many unadmitted LIARS now.

    Parliamentary tradition says he should RESIGN. But he'a democrat where lying is a way of life. I pity his poor wife . Dump him Mrs Weiner.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tim

      Then fire the whole republican party. They're all LIARS!!!

      June 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abudu Rahman

      Former president Clinton married Weiner and his wife. No wonder he's such a comfortable liar.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Justice786

    Time to go home. Feel sad for his wife. So many men in power messing their spouses over. None of these jokers should be re-elected; they should be shunned.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  6. haditup2here

    So he's a liar. He fits right in on Capitol Hill.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. JackInNH

    He'll be out off office soon, no doubt. And to all the whiners saying only libs do this, get serious please.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ron4152

    He can now run for president

    June 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Justin

    Hahaha. Typical. Good job America. Another awsome rep for us. Jesus we are dumb.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lori

    All politicians are so incredibly deceitful and stupid, I can't stand a one of them, I don't care what they say.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Phyllis

    So was it Weiner's pickle or not?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  12. M

    What do you know, Weiner is just another weiner.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Thommy

    Another (immoral) action from "Gods Choosen" people at high places

    June 6, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Powerdrive

    The guy is human and made a mistake like we all do. Clinton did far worse.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • haditup2here

      That would be OK if they didn't think they were better than us and know how to govern better than we do.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Powerdrive

      I hear what you are saying but at the end of the day they are really no different than the rest of us.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  15. equality

    HESIOD--have you not been watching the news. he admitted it you idiot. start apologizing now please. or stop commnting. thank you

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