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. Robo_geek

    Weiner has been re-elected six times, earning as much as 66% of the vote. He was born in Brooklyn. I really don't think the average New Yorker is going to be morally offended by what he did...or really care at all.

    June 6, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ed

      Actually it wouldn't bother me too much either, except 1. that he tried to hide it, and, 2. if he cheats on his wife in a big way (six different "correspondees") what does that say about his honesty as a politician? Otherwise for the "morality" aspects of the whole thing I'll leave that to the religious crowd.

      June 6, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barney Frank

      Nazi Pelosi's trying to get out in front of this by calling for an investigation, because she knows one is inevitable. Were she still our demented, very stupid speaker, she wouldn't have said a thing, other than mumble incoherently about how this is about his personal life.

      June 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Naughty bits

      Inbred populations tend to not care about morals ethics or politics. That area of the country has a major malfunction in the gene pool!!

      June 6, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • John Edwards

      One does not have to be religious to believe in morality, Ed. Surely you recognize right from wrong? Some people are willing to overlook wrong when they believe the ends justifies the means. That's how you end up with a party leadership top heavy with miscreants, crooks, klansmen, killers and criminals.

      June 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Hangtownie

    Hey Weiner, Welcome to the club! – You are now an official politician. Just another twit using twitter. Kind of funny when athletes do stupid things on twitter however, kind of sad when it's our leaders. (dem or repub)

    June 6, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chiefpirates100

    find it soironic that when the congressman from Buffalo of course a republican congressman posted pictures of himself on Craig's List the media outlets were clamoring for this man to resign but where is the media now that Weiner who happens to be married is refusing to resign. LIberals go figure

    June 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cesar The Chorizo Champ Of Chihuahua

    weiner lost his wiener

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

    I don't pay attention to the private lives of politicians EXCEPT when they actually campaign on their so-called family or Christian values.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dom youngross

    Weiner said he accepts full responsiblity for his actions. Liar, again. Full responsiblity here would be acknowledging that after a week of whopper lying it's end of the line for him. But like everyone intuitively knew he was lying last week, all week, everyone knows intuitively now that Wasserman-Schulz, Schumer, and/or Pelosi told him in no uncertain terms to fess up and try to stay in office. By refusing to resign Weiner and the aforementioned are thumbing their collective noses at all of us just like Weiner did last week. And it's for the same reason, they think they can get away with it.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rev. Daniel W. Blair

    The decline of immorality in this country, especially in high elected offices, is appalling. The gross disregard for God and His commandments has led this country down a dangerous path of destruction both from within and without. Am I the only one who sees the handwriting on the wall? This country needs to repent or face the consequences of judgment. Posted by Rev. Daniel W. Blair, author of Final Warning

    June 6, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dave in CA

      @ Rev Blair: You must be familiar with this:

      3 Then the scribes and Pharisees brought to Him a woman caught in adultery. And when they had set her in the midst, 4 they said to Him, "Teacher, this woman was caught in adultery, in the very act. 5 "Now Moses, in the law, commanded us that such should be stoned. But what do You say?"
      6 This they said, testing Him, that they might have something of which to accuse Him. But Jesus stooped down and wrote on the ground with His finger, as though He did not hear. 7 So when they continued asking Him, He raised Himself up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw a stone at her first."
      8 And again He stooped down and wrote on the ground.
      9 Then those who heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went away one by one, beginning with the
      oldest even to the last.

      June 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  8. TonyB

    Weiner must resign now!
    he is stupid, we don't want any lier to be in Washington, he should resign and go home, maybe he can work at playboy!!! ha.ha.ha.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  9. A Boy Name Sue

    Wiener needs to resign. He is an embarrassment to any public figure! Be a man. Step down!

    June 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  10. George

    I'm sorry but your show makes me sick, this is your top story. With all that is happening in are country , no jobs no health care people losing there homes. Congress wanting to cut back on are service members pay and health care. All the jerks in Congress and the House need to have a cut in there pay , NO more free rides, NO more free health care, No free money for the rest of there life. I see that 5 service members were killed today in Iraq, but the top story was Weiner. Rep. or Dem. there in office and they all lie and nothing ever gets done for the people of this once great nation.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barack Mugabe

      Do you really want to change the subject to Barack Obama's horriifcally failed administration, his unprecedented spending and deficits, his atrocious record on jobs, and his habit of forcing one unAmerican, Marxist law after another down the country's throat?

      Wouldn't you rather talk Weiner than the hapless, sinking Maobama ship?

      June 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Naughty bits

      All the more reason that he should be gone. The press controls what is in the public eye. Crap in crap out. I agree! Cheers!

      June 6, 2011 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Barney Frank

    Nazi Pelosi is calling for an investigation, trying to get out in front of this, knowing full well there will be an investigation anyway. If this demented dingbat where still Speaker, she would mumble something incoherently with those bulging eyes about this being his personal life, and would drop it immediately.

    Don't worry, Nazi, we're going to drain your swamp for you.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. TonyB

    that's what you get from LIBs, lie and more lies, they thing they are clever enough to fool us.
    Weiner is a big lier and un-truethful at all, so he must resign from Washington, less one lier and maybe NY will find a decent person to replave this idiot!

    June 6, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy

    This incident is not going to get Palin elected. Puhleeze!

    June 6, 2011 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Name*sheryl

    The only reason Weiner is sorry is because he got caught! If he didn't get caught he'd still be doing it.

    June 6, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Naughty bits

    SO lets divert the Butt hole and talk about bush! After all it is his fault! hehehe

    June 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      Thats not true, when Bush was in there the Dem's ran Congress, so if you want to blame someone it would be the Dem's

      June 6, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Naughty bits

      No George NO! We cant talk about that! There were but they didn't have anything to do about that! He took the pictures and hacked into the twitter account!

      June 6, 2011 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
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