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. TPF

    That's how arrogant he is. He did not violate any laws so it's fine right. How about his own morals or maybe lack of them.
    He needs to resign, he 's taking up space when maybe someone else who really truly cares about other people, can have a
    chance to see what they can do. He's finished. Let him be a better husband at home.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chuck B

    I am sorry I don't see the issue. Was the girl under age?

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

      Of course not...you are probably one of his liberal/progressive/socialist supporters. Pure STUPIDITY!

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

      The issue is the lying. Shows a complete lack of ethical standards.

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

      Oh please .... The man is a pervert. If you think this is acceptable conduct for any man, let alone being a politician, then you need to seek help. He should resign immediately! Hope his wife takes him for every dime he has!

      June 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • david F.

      Of course you don't see the issue, Chuck.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • rick

      What? Seriously?

      The man said the his account had been "hacked". Hacking is a federal crime. Falsely reporting a crime is a crime too.

      Still don't see anything wrong? He's a liar, and well, a Weiner.....

      June 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liberals Suc

      I feel sorry for you if you don't see the problem. She wasn't underage, but she was like 19 and did not request this. He is married also.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy

    He really need to resign....his integrity has been compromised *big* time.
    Dick.
    Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha!!!!!!!!!!
    (Wiping tears from eyes)
    What a dolt!
    Agreed, he should have just 'fessed up in the first place...oh, how the mighty have fallen....

    Who didn't see this coming?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dr Perry Fisher

      Hello banasy

      I agree with you.Integrity is a scarce item in America.He lied about sending the photos,I bet Weiner has met those women in person and has paid them to keep quiet.He can lie again in the future and has got a failing mark in the integrity colimn,Weiner should resign

      June 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. PARROT

    HACKERS CAN DO WONDERFUL THINGS THESE DAYS..!!!.OH WELL

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

    One word comment – RESIGN.

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

      I doubt if he will resign, he'll leave it up to the voters to kick his butt out, since this probably was not a illegal act. Jane

      June 6, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Ptak

      He can't resign...he is a DEmocrat and his party of liberals/progressives/socialists need him!!!

      June 6, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Richard Cheese

    This just in! Conservatives still upset that Weiner looks better with his shirt off than any of them do. More jealousy at 11.

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

      Nice try. FAIL.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sorry Dick Cheese.....wrong again

      Wrong again Dick(head) Cheese. Great to see an arrogant Demonrat getting his just desserts. What a tool this guy was - peddling the Obamacare crap day and night. Can't wait until Fox News rips him a new one tonight and all week long. Classic stuff. Major league arrogance - just like Obama.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  7. jane

    HE'S A DORK, liar, and a idiot for not knowing the internet and how you don't get away with anything, in other words a stupid man. He may know politics but he doesn't know LIFE. Jane

    June 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Kevin

    Hey the poor baby says he is sorry!! One of two things have to happen, first he should resign his position and secondly should be prosecuted. I agree with Jenifer when she said if a Rep. did this they would be calling for his/her resignation. Now the tables are turned and what do we hear from the Dems?? NOTHING.

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

      Name an example.

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

      Poor taste, yes. Stupid, yes. But what crime did he commit? "Prosecute" him for what? He wasn't under oath was he?

      Regardless, it does seem that when a Democrat does it they get a pass (President Clinton, this chump) and when a Republican does it they're held to a higher standard. Time to hold them all to the same standard: stop being idiots, start doing the business of the country and stop taking pictures of your junk.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • SawyersGlasses

      Prosecuted for...? The girl is over 18 and he didn't lie under oath. You don't get prosecuted for being a closet pervert.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  9. right2choose

    Typical Democrat hypocrisy. Republicans do these types of things and are forced to resign but not Democrats. They say, "Do what I say, not what I do."

    June 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Makena

    He says he's, "very sorry".......sorry he got caught.

    He sends inappropriate photos, sends them after he is married, lies about being the sender...just what we need in office a cheater and a liar.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. YouCantNeverTell

    Oh, he's a Democrat! That's disappointing. For some odd reason I had immediately assumed that he was a Republican (except that he was is such good physical shape). Now isn't that strange? I never even knew that I had this fat cat bias about Republicans. I wonder where that could have come from?

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

      Liked him, huh? Maybe he can sens you a picture. Typical liberal non-gender p*ssy.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  12. haditup2here

    But they believe that they're far superior to most of us.

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

      well at least he's not out there preaching family values and morality, BUT HE's a idiot all the same , these men care less abt how they make their wives look. or who they hurt, pathetic. Jane

      June 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Lisa Allen

    He is a human being and human beings make mistakes. We make mistakes every day. It's part of being human. I do not think the rest of his life should be ruined by one juvenille mistake. We should not disregard everything that he has done in his life and focus solely on this. That is not fair. He has suffered enough through the embarrassment of his mistake.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • david F.

      Of course we all make mistakes, Lisa. Why I bet most of us take pictures of ourselves in our underwear and send those pictures to young girls we do not know. Why are we holding this poor man accountable for something I bet most of us have done? Jeez!

      June 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • right2choose

      I'm sure you were right there supporting Chris Lee too when he was ran out of Washington on a rail for his actions.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • mj

      He lied to the entire Country, including his wife. Not just once, but several times. Send him to prison. I am sure his fellow inmates would be glad to entertain him in the style he has become accustomed to. He is arrogant and holds himself above the law. RESIGN!

      June 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Liberals Suc

      Are you married? If so, what would you do if your husband did the same. I doubt you'd be so forgiving.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jeffrey

    The Congressman from Buffalo had to resign over this situation why is Pelosi who had several words to say about that situation not opening her mouth now?????

    June 6, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  15. V

    Jesus, there are some perfect people up in here. He made a mistake (by societal standards) and he has now fessed up to it. Get over yourselves.

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

      Only morons take photos of themselves half naked ones to boot then post them on the internet where NOTHING is safe.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Melina319

      I couldn't agree more. What he did has no effect on the public. He's not a perfect spouse. I suppose all of the people here posting are??? Not likely

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

      It's not the mistake that offends people...it's the cover-up. We don't mistrust our leaders because they act like human beings, we mistrust them because they lie about it.

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

      No, he lied and tried to cover it up. The mistake can be forgiven...the lie, not so much.

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