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. Hawkeye1010

    "I deeply regret the photos I sent... I actually intended the latest one to be my scrotum."

    June 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Buccakenji

    Another apology, not because I did something wrong, but because I got caught. The phocking hypocrites are really getting tiresome.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Why?

    Why is this even an issue with 2 wars going on?

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

      Because new is news. You can't just gloss over this one.

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

      Thanks Marcus, it's not like this is the only story in the news or on this site. Read one of the 100's of others if this one doesn't interest you.

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

    He's toast.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. T Diddy

    Geez, what a tool! Once you are busted admit it! I hope his wife leaves him and he loses everything! Not for just doing what he did, because really who cares, but just for the way he handled after! this dude must have gotten beaten daily in school, name notwithstanding.

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

    Unlike the GOP's Larry Craig and others, the man made a mistake, compounded it, then reversed course to say that he lied, he erred, and wants to correct it. He should commended for being honest. He opened himself up for 38 minutes to questions. And unlike others (on both sides of the aisle) he admitted his misstep, and awaits the wrath of public opinion.

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

      Have you even paid attention to this or just talking from your tailpipe.

      He lied in every interview including the "everything on the table" interview with Wolf. Weiner should not be commended as he lied over and over again.

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

    Democrat...Republican....Independent....white...black....yellow..green....man...woman.... If you have no values you have no values....the problem isn't your race or political affliation...the problem is YOU.... You have no morals or values....You are selfish...not selfless.... Period!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Love22

    Looking HOT Mr. Weiner!

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

    Be a man and resign!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  10. JoyceElaine

    If this man can't be honest about this, what else isn't he owning up to?

    June 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  11. He Who Juices Cactus

    What a weiner.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Donald

    what a freak!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Tom

    Why should he resign? He did make a poor moral judgement, but it has NO bearing on his job. He is an outstanding representative and we can't afford to lose him because he showed his penis to a woman.

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

      He lied repeatedly and sent lewd photos to college girls, definitely a good reason for him to resign. Wonder what else is out there. The guy is unstable too, have you heard his crazy rants?

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

      Tom you forget she sent them to a college student that did not ask for them in the first place.

      If he wasn't so vocal about not sending the pictures and if he didn't lie every step of the way most people wouldn't care.

      This shows his true character.

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

    He needs to join Barney Frank in the Hall of Fame.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Terilyn

    is anyone really that surprised he lied?

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

      Well, he IS a politician.

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

      Not me... we only vote for people who knows how to lie. Otherwise, they're not going to succeed in representing us. We like to only hear the lies.

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