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. Pat

    Now he can get a job on CNN....They take all the perverts after they've been caught with their pants down...

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

    Does it take medication to be this stupid???

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

      No, but it probably helps!

      June 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. CT 101

    Hi Hilary,

    great job to the voters especially the NY voters . The hand writing is getting clearer for alot more people evry day ..

    NY

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

    Lewd? I wouldn't call that a "lewd" photo – there are more revealing photos in many magazine ads or on many billboards. It was his personal life after all. Apology accepted – let's move on. If you want to make a bigger deal than it is...let's compare lying about an underwear pic vs lying about wmd's in order to invade a country and cost so many lives – there really is no comparison. Selective persecution at its best ...but hey i guess ya gotta do what ya gotta do to sell news these days. Also – Wolf is a hollyer-than-thou Jackwagon

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

      Don't forget lying to the American people like Bill Clinton.

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

    Mr Weiner showed his weiner ?

    how fitting.

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

      Bahahahahahaha

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

    Really the only stupid thing he did was not knowing how to use Twitter. He probably hits Reply-All on all his email too.

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

    And be sure your sin will find you out

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

    Gross. Get him out

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

    Wish he would've sent me a few pictures. My boring college life could have used some energy. Oh well.

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

    THis man is disgusting , even if tweeting his ugly self was not bad enough he lied and lied and lied.
    These are the kind idiots making decisions for our country. He cannot be trusted ever.
    Kick him out as fast as you can.

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

    what's the big deal?

    June 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Treasa King

    Well, I just got done hearing the big apology. Y'know what bugs me? Liars. And what bugs me more is the fact that all week he swore he had nothing to do with it and he wasn't even sure it was him, and now he says "oops, sorry" and that makes it all better. What about the fact that he humilitated his wife, embarrased his children, lied to all of America, and abused his position. I know I can never believe what he says from now on and I feel terrible for his family and all the people who voted him into office.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Queen

    Let's be real Rep. Weiner we knew you sent that dang pic to that girl.. 🙂 You didn't have to tell on yourself. Your name ain't Weiner for nothing. 🙂

    June 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marissa

    Moron. What idiot in the public eye in ANY WAY does this and think that it's not going to get out? HELLOOOOOO it's the digital age – there are no secrets anymore!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mark

    What a _______ !
    a) wiener
    b) Weiner
    c) dick

    June 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankly Speaking..

      He apologized for his pea-sized weenie..gawd, their wives are so damn brainwashed 😀

      June 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
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