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. Manuel Grossy

    Good for hem…he have job in CNN guaranty.

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

    and the list of pervs keeps getting longer 😀

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

    So are you happy now CNN?

    June 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave in SC

    Astonishing that he would tweet lewd photos right on the heels of the Chris Lee incident.

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

    Hey Clinton did far worse as President and he's the Dem's #1 cheerleader.

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

    Anybody who decides to vote against Weiner because of this needs their voter registration card revoked. You are being played like a fiddle!!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nuclear Threat

    way to not step down w/ any sort of dignity Weiner man

    June 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jay

    I am tired of the self-righteous people in the media and making comments on here. If you have no sin then throw stones. I doubt anyone who comments here has not done something in their life that was a mistake and/or embarrassing. Let the man and his wife make decisions about their marriage. Personal lives of politicians are none of our business unless they have broken a law. There is no evidence that he broke any law.

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

      Well said Jay. His wife (and her attorney) will handle this matter I am certain. None of my business, he's not my husband.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve in Colorado

      Really? Give me a break!! He's in office to represent the people and thus has a certain decorum he must abide by!! Not do this, lie and accuse hackers, and throw his wife under the bus?? Where is his respect of the peoples office!!

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

      See... your way of thinking is EXACTLY WHY WE HAVE HORRIBLE POLITICIANS THAT ARE NOT HELD TO ANY STANDARD!!! Decisions THEY MAKE MATTER!!! Are you telling me that someone that makes HORRIBLE personal decisions is going to make good PUBLIC decisions? Really? Is that what you are saying? Or is it you only care about the (D) or (R) by someones name?

      June 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tom C

    It's funny... you're all crucifying him for posting the same pictures you ALL have on Facebook.

    What a PG-13 scandal...

    June 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve in Colorado

      Really? Give me a break!! He's in office to represent the people and thus has a certain decorum he must abide by!! Not do this, lie and accuse hackers, and throw his wife under the bus!!

      June 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. LL

    Time for his wife to call a divorce lawyer. LO-SER!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Joe Jonesus

      Some wifey has just made a big payoff! DIVORCE = $$$$ for her. Lucky girl.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joe Jonesus

    Saturday Night Live and all the nightly talk shows will once again be worth watching. Thank you Anthony Weiner.

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

      Touche!

      June 6, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Barry Black

    Imagine a guy with the name "Weener" gets caught showing his aroused self in his boxers--you just can't make this stuff up!

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

      hahah..the guy is such a weener

      June 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Bobby

    Leaders are suppose to be above the fray. If you do something wrong, that means standing up and saying it. He lied. He needs to resign for that reason.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Steve in Colorado

    Are you kidding me?!?! He lies about, blames hackers, calls reporters names and this "congressman" won't resign? What a hypocrite!! What a Disgrace!! You make me sick!! How is your wife doing???

    June 6, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Frankly Speaking..

      his wife is another sellout bi–yach

      June 6, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Moe

    Weiner is a joke but the main stream media is worse. They are supposed to be the 4th branch of government. Not the butt kissers for the left. BREITBART, You Da Man!

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