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. ohhowpeopleforget

    Amazing... if this were a Repulican and he sent a shirtless photo of himself (much less one of himself in his underwear) he'd be thrown out of town, asked to step down... but these low class dems who do it are sheltered by the media and their immoral counter parts in the house and senate.

    When Chirs Lee, the republican senator from NY sent a photo (to a woman)... he resigned... this classless clown Weiner won't do the same and his pic was much worse... this has nothing to do with the Republicans destorying him... HE DID IT, just like Chris Lee does... the Dems just know nothing about honor and respect.... look at the a$$ clown from NY... Charles Rangle....to this day still does not admit to wrong doing...

    Oh and nice job CNN of burying this on the back pages of your web... no doubt which side of the fence your loyalties lie on.

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

      You mean like John Ensign, who actually committed a crime. No defense of Weiner here.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • wial

      You're kidding, right? How is streaming live from the front page headline covering it up? How is Jon Stewart's reaction over multiple nights shelter?

      How is the tolerance for Newt Gingrich on the right any better?

      Oh there's no hope for you people.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • JV

      The story was on the main page in big yellow letters you moron. Both sides are guilty of MANY infractions (Chris Lee anyone?). But I'm sure your long term memory has fittingly deleted anything Republicans have done. Although I don't agree with what Weiner did, he did not break any laws. He has only his wife to answer to. Funny how everyone gets self rightious and is perfect in every way all of a sudden. Nobody is perfect so stop judging...

      June 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Rachel

    If JFK were President today the press would have had a field day. I am so tired of these stories and I almost wish we could go back to leaving this kind of thing private.

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

    Lieing loud mouth liberal slimeball only fessed up because he knew that Breitbart had more pics. What a lying sleezebag.
    He was hacked........
    I bet his wife is gonna hack his weiner off.

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

      All of our Politicians can cheat, lie, have adulterous affairs, embezzle, etc., and all they get is a little slap on the wrist and people say "oh you bad boy", and they go one with their cushy lives and jobs that bring in millions of dollars in income! If the "average Joe Citizen" did the things that politicians do, they would all be in jail or get huge fines.
      So, it's ok to lie to the public, over and over. that Weiner guy is such a jerk !!!!
      Shame on our politicians for the things they do.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • wial

      terri, I don't know what sort of average joes you know, but most peoples' internet flirtations do not become international headlines.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  4. r-hope

    So why didnt he make the confession on day 1? Would have made it easier on himself. Glad still that he came round to it – it will rest this matter and we can move on to other things.

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

    Thank goodness our government is in the hand of responsible adults with impecable character and judgement. Ill rest easier, thanks alot Weiner. Now go stand in the corner.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dave in Ohio

    Gotta admit, he's cut pretty good. Do you suppose he will be popular with the gay crowd, and will he like that?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ReallY!!?

    So I guess Breibart was right in all of this. Oh wow!!! Thank goodness for sites like Breibart's we would have never known about this if it were up to CNN

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

      Breibart is still a slimeball who has been caught lying in the past.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ^

      Yeah, because Weiner's bare chest is just so lewd. Republicans all around the country are having vapors about it.
      They are just jealous because they all have big pot bellies.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. USA#1

    He admits to have 6 online contact with women. Hey, little weiner, I'll be you had more like 60 or 600 but definately not just 6. We aren't buying it you piece of 5hit!!!!!!

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

      I agree... he and all the other lying politicians are all pices of 5hit !!!! And a bunch of idiots too.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Felton

    Another One Bites the Dust!!!! The Cover Up is always how they go down, not the actual act itself. It would seem to me that people ought to have learned from all the other mistakes made by other people that is displayed on the internet and on t.v., yet, we read, each day, another idiotic thing that just happened months ago, going on again, by another fool.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JWO Fan

    Even though he's fessed up, and obviously doesn't respect the vows taken at marriage, what really remains is this: the girl who broke the story is just that–a girl. He's 46, she's 25; meaning Weiner was 21 when she was born (disgusted shiver).

    June 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • jellylee2020

      Older men younger women couple makes you shiver in disgust? What about Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher?

      June 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • USminority

      r u kidding me?? After seeing that chest i wanna date him and i'm a 25 yo man!

      June 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. jellylee2020

    Woo....nice pec....

    June 6, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  12. HAHAHA

    LOL! Why lie about it? Cant wait to watch The Daily Show/Colbert Report tonight...

    June 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  13. USminority

    Am I really messed up because I don't see anything wrong with this. He may have some wires crossed in his brain but don't we all? Resignation? y? i don't get it..

    What did he do b4 becoming a politician? Model for axe body spray lol

    June 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Pat

    Sending that picture just makes him a stupid Twit.

    Lying about it makes him unfit for office, unfit to receive The Public Trust.

    I hope The Press and The Electorate rip his career to shreds.

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

    Why would a woman stay with a sleaze-bag like Weiner? He should be kicked out of CONGRESS. Period !

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

      If we kicked all the sleazebags out of Congress we wouldn't have much of a Congress.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Unlikely Oilfield Wife

      Because he posted a twit pic of his "business", he should leave congress? LOL. Oh you republicans.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • coatah

      IMF has an opening still, I think? What about prez of Italy, do you have to be born in Italy or one of it's territories to be prez there??

      June 6, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
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