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. Joey Isotta-Fraschini

    Oh–his wife?
    Wow...yeah.
    Well, that's at least a diamond over ten carats, or a trip around the world, if he wants that to keep going.
    Not flowers.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  2. abo42000

    First it was Slick Willy's willy. Now it's Weiner's weiner.

    On a serious note, did you hear that Monica Lewinsky is now a Republican? Yeah, apparently the Democrats left a bad taste in her mouth.

    American politics, priceless.

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

      at least the democrats refrain from using bathroom stalls in airports or leaving their wives sick with cancer in a hospital. Too funny!

      June 6, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
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    June 6, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. DS

    I think the point of reporting about it and putting him under scrutiny is because it keeps him honest. If he lies about sending a chesticle pic to a lady friend, what else will his lie about? I mean, why lie about a pic? How many pics have we all sent people? It wouldn't have mattered if he just hadn't lied. Personally, if my chest looked like his, I'd show it off too!!

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

    he's pretty ripped... nice work... good to see someone caring about themselves instead of surrendering to the obesity epidemic.

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

    "but he won't step down from Congress and has no plans to separate from his wife.", well I am glad he made that decision for her like she was property!

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

      Weiner has always been an arrogant jerk

      June 6, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. getreal

    Do men really think it makes women hot to see pictures of their body parts??? Generally, women are not as visual as men and honestly, it's gross...get a clue!!!

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

      they may not want to see your skinny body – but mine – well ............

      June 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hmmm

      Gross? Really? You know you want him.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ecco

    a first! the newsie before today's (6/6) situatioin room apologizing...apologizing!...to viewers for spiking the program's entire dance card...the five dead GIs in iraq (are you nits!?), unemployment, and so on to run on, and on, and on with a tawdry story that the post could wrap up in a headline...and more of the same from blitzer!...shame...next time you need a feature on declining values in the usa start with youselves.

    ...and now let's call in our senior political analyst (!!!) to repeat everything we've already said ten times...geez.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Frankly Speaking..

    Liar!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Barack Mugabe

    Looks like Weiner's in line for a promotion up the Democrat ranks, to join the rest of the perverts, pimps, plagiarists, klansmen, killers, rapists, tax cheats, criminals, dimwits, Marxists and mental patients.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • art

      I agree – maybe he will change to a republican – fit right in .........

      June 6, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marie

      Sounds like you are referring the good 'ol GOP boyz ....summed up very nicely....

      June 6, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • sambo

      Listen to the crooked libs defend this weiner. Art and Marie are $ucking up to this weiner

      June 6, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joshua

    I always love how all of the "holier than thou" come out of the woodwork whenever someone else gets caught doing something wrong. Thank goodness all of you posting here have led such pure and upstanding lives.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ashley

      I've been sitting here thinking about this notion while I've watched this unfold. I agree with you to a point... we all make mistakes, but I think this is different.

      He lied to us, and was pretty much committing infidelity in his marriage. The second part is vile, but it happens to alot of folks, but the first part... the lie... he lied to ALL of us. Supporters and nonsupporters alike. He accepted HUGE responsibility when he took his job, and that's why his failing is so hard for people to handle.

      Politicians generally have more money, more education, better health care, etc, etc, than most of us, and they certainly have far more power... a power we entrust them with... when they let us down, it's like a slap in the face. It's much different than Joe Blow making a mistake... Joe Blow doesn't affect our lives, politicians do... frequently. I feel for Weiner... I genuinely like listening to him even when I disagree, but he has to accept the consequences of letting down a great number of people.

      June 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  12. frank

    HERE LIES THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN REPUBLICANS AND THE DEMS .( AND I AM NOT RESIGNING) COULD HAVE TOLD YOU THIS THE FIRST DAY.JUST LIKE CHARLIE RANGEL,CHRIS DODD BARNEY FRANK, ETC THESE ARE THE LIBERAL NORTHEAST REP WE GET.LOL

    June 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. disgusted

    STOP POSTING HERE AND EMAIL YOU CONGRESSMAN, DEMAND WEINER RESIGNS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    There's already enough liars in DC we don't even know about yet, lets get rid of at least the ones that have been exposed!

    June 6, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Oscar Weiner

    He said he sent the photos to women he hadn't even met in person....and so his wife is going to overlook it. Doesn't the wife realize that he was TRYING to get those women interested in him, he was TRYING to get laid. The fact that those women didn't take it as far as he obviously hoped shouldn't matter. What should matter to the wife is that he was TRYING to get a fling started. Why else would he send photos of himself–of any sort–to women he does not know??

    June 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Barack Mugabe

    Joshua wrote: "I always love how all of the "holier than thou" come out of the woodwork whenever someone else gets caught doing something wrong."

    No we're coming out of the wood work to give the hypocrites of the left - who pretended to believe this schmuck - a taste of their own medicine.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
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