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. Don

    this is nothing less than more republican tactics to destroy the Democratics and the US. they are evil, evil monsters who don't even like thos in their own party. Perhaps they will destroy themselves and we won't need to concern ourselves anylonger. We are heading to be the newest 3rd world country if the republicans stay on this track

    June 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • John

      you sound butthurt...

      June 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim Ward

      Good talk. Keep drinking from the fountain of Obama. You dems are silly little sheep.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Landline of a decade long past

      Yes, Republican tactics to destroy a man. Heck, if Republicans hadn't made Monica so hot to Bill, they would never have gotten far enough to do any part of a DNA exchange.

      Ever heard of self-destruction?

      June 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      The Repbulicans are just sore that Weiner is into girls, unlike a lot of their guys who get caught in stuff like this.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Timshappywife

      Great- a Democrat screws up and its the Republican's fault. When Rep Lee was caught shirtless the Dems were laughing and the Republicans were asking for his resignation. Democrats don't mind an arrogant cheat so long as he's smart about it.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Richard Hurtz

      Funny Don, isn't that exactly what Hillary said when her husband was caught red handed? Get over the fact that you voted for and trusted in a lying sack of S%^T. (To be fair MOST politicians fall into that category). You want to project your anger at the Republicans? Go right ahead, but this time, he did it to himself. Get over your ideology and wake up to the fact that ALL these public sector jack-asses that have nothing better to do than spend my money (and yours), feeding their overblown egos. He got caught. This sanctimonious clown is done.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • bisoneb

      Yea, the Republicans forced him to sent these photos – how ridiculous. He brought this on himself. It is amazing how people will excuse anything if they are so politically polarized facts don't matter.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • krissmith777

      Hey if a Republican does this, to hell with him. He must resign. We can't afford to lose any Democrats, since we need every last one of them here for Obama's re-making of America. Weiner can't go. We need him. So I can find it in my heart for forgive Weiner, no matter what he does. Someday, with Obama's help, we will mold this country into the socialist utopia that we (and you) want.


      June 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • C Abate

      Hey Don What are you talking about? Re read what you just posted, sounds like gibberish

      June 6, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. rick

    Make any bets whether his career is TOAST ???

    June 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIkinAZ

      I'll take that bet – its a non issue. A hack by the same fraud that made the fake acorn video – there is your criminal

      June 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jack

      His career is fine– he's a Democrat. Far Lefties like Weiner have little personal accountability or firm moral base to which they hold themselves.

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

    You have to feel sorry for the nice young woman he married just a few months ago.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. onlynthed

    i would say the only thing he violated was sending that picture to someone unwarranted. as far as having lewd pics on his twitter account or in his yahoo account isn't a big deal, it becomes a big deal when he just 'willy-nilly' starts sending them out to random strangers. he's an idiot for all of this though, it's him. i just feel bad for his wife.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Ah, but you're missing the point: the Rep didn't send the pics himself (supposedly). If someone hacked his account and stuff was there, they could easily post it and make it look like he did it himself.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Robo_geek

      is it not redundant to send willy photos willy nilly?

      June 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Deezgirl01

      Since when is a photo of a shirtless man considered "Lewd"? Have these folks been under a rock? This whole thing is ridiculous. Men and women flirt. It's human nature. The fact that he was stupid enough to post it on Twitter is another story. The social media has forever changed the idea of how we look at society. Every little thing is scrutinized and analyzed. Who knows....maybe this isn't a shock to his wife. Maybe they both enjoy internet flirting. Let's google her and see what she has posted in the past to others. What a waste of everyone's time. At least the man works out and it's not a picture of some old middle-aged, overweight, hairy guy. LOL

      June 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • C Abate

      Hey Deez Not on my dime should he be doing this garbage. If he has time to do this stuff, he has too much free time on his hands. Plus, if you have at all been paying attention, HE LIED!!!!!

      June 6, 2011 at 8:38 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Sandra LeVin

    He will be announcing his resignation

    June 6, 2011 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • MIkinAZ

      only if he falls to the uptight prudes or religious nuts that categorize any real human activity or curiosity as lewd...gimme a break and stop acting like 2nd grade sunday school kids. Evolve – yes evolution is real. So is global warming climate change and priests systematically raping children.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Veritas

    Yeah, who cares if the guys sends lewd photos, then lies to cover it up. It's not like it matters if our elected officials are honest and trustworthy! Integrity is soooo Jr. High. Why don't y'all just grow up and stop caring about America.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Hey, at least he didn't duck out of the country for a week without telling anyone and lying to his staff about "hiking the Appalachian Trail" or something. That'd *really* be a quittin' offense. Oh ... wait ...

      June 6, 2011 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Manbearpig

    So Rep. Weiner is going to talk about his weiner.....isn't it ironic?

    June 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. obama victim

    c Ya

    June 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Brians27

    This guy is getting what he deserves. If the shoe was on the other foot he would be all over that person. If this guy thought that this wouldn't come back to haunt him then he is to stupid to govern...

    the worst part about telling a lie is getting caught...and he is nabbed !

    June 6, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. true justice 1

    Weiner the little twitter is no longer going to be protected by the Obamacrits in the press. Even the main stream press is laughing at this pity party lib. I think he needs to be concerned his wife may do some hacking. A Bobbit job for sure.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. James

    He should keep his mouth shut unless he decided to resign.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. kd

    I'm betting on a resignation, too.

    Dumb. And he had so much promise. He was the lone Dem that called out the Republicans for all their crazy/nasty/untrue/downright evil shenanigans. Of all the ones for this to happen to.. Dumb.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • david F.

      I know, kd. It just does not seem fair and he had such promise, too.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SGT J

    This has nothing to do with policitcs and everything to do with republicans trying to destroy a great congressman. I dont care if it was his underwear pic or his chest pic. That doesnt change how great of a congressman he is. I hope he doesnt do anything stupid like resign.

    June 6, 2011 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Veritas

      And lying – to the public – to cover up your adolescent stupidity has no bearing on a Congressman's "great" fitness for office. Really? You really think that? If so, please do us a favor and stop voting!

      June 6, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • D

      Ha! Lying to the public is part of the job description of ALL politicians. Next argument!

      June 6, 2011 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill in VA

      Give me a break – the Republicans didn't e-mail the first pic and if Weiner didn't send it all he had to do from the outset is say it isn't me and it was the truth it would be over. I doubt that Weiner did anything illegal but he must have done something he views as improper based on the way he responded – or didn't respond. No Republican wrote that script either. I don't know who this blogger that disclosed the second photo is but if this is bogus it will come out. If this were a Republican plot you can believe the NY Times, MSNBC, CNN and the rest of the liberal media would have figured it out by now. That is what they do.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bill in VA

      So much for your theory. Looks like self destruction based on his own words.

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

      At least he did not lie us into a war and have the blood of over 5000 us troops on his hands

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

      Hey Steve, get with the program, this has nothing to do with WAR. Start another thread if you want to talk about that. This has to do with a person's morals, values, trustworthyness, and character. That is the problem, there are probaby two people in congress that actually have those attributes. God help our country, we are in a sad state.

      June 6, 2011 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Daughter/Sister of US Army Veterans

    Who cares....

    June 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Veritas

    And I agree with the other posters about this being a Republican plot. Not like HE is responsible...come on...he's a Liberal! That's all about blaming others and not taking responsibility. No fair to hold a Liberal accountable for their actions, lies and stupidity, that's only for Conservatives.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
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