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. USA#1

    I'd stake my life on those pictures being that skinny little slimy weiner. His a pos and I hope his wife tossed his sorry a$$ out of their house. He's such a pathetic loser!! Buh bye little weiner – don't let the door hit you in the rear.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • ncspartan

      This whole thing is just another litmus test isn't it?

      If you are conservative, you weren't all that vocal while Larry Craig and all the GOP went through their scandals a couple years ago. But now, you are calling for blood.

      Vice versa if you're a liberal. Big deal then, you're quiet now.

      Too bad our sense of right and wrong is based on what side the scandal is hitting, but it's totally true.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Funny thing is a bare scrawny shaved chest like that actually turns on lib women and lib men.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      Not as much as a picture of Barney's Frank. That's coming next.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan W

      scrawny chest? He's been workin out, cmon.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
    • rm

      I want to see the full monty.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • LOL

      That doesn't explain why YOU are obsessed with his cotton-clad erection...

      June 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • s c h

      Yeah, that's for certain!! more then you obese, big bellied, fat a** Redublicans. Plus all your issues are boring, religious and ending the meaning of a Free America

      June 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • guest

      only a republican would notice another mans shaven chest.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Anthony

    Thank you CNN for this earth shattering story......what a waste.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Lixi

    My goodness. You can certainly tell who the liberals are, can't you? They suddnely 'don't care' when a politician says or does something that embarasses them. with comments as "who cares" and "since when is a shirtless guy considered a lwed photo" i think the point tha tneeds to be made is this: a married man in a position of power is using government propery (the phone call that he made to one of the girls from his office) to cheat on his wife and then, like Bill Clinton, he' lied. Read his cyber texts with one of the women- granted he's not a very created person, but there he is,being very naughty. His poor wife.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Diane

    Why is CNN spending so much time on this non-topic? Good grief! Haven't we more important things to consider?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Andy

    4:20 and no Weiner. 🙂

    June 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Daniel

    is that a picture of the congressman shaking the hand of Bill Clinton over his left shoulder? I think it is......

    June 6, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Quiet1

    What the heck is up with the picture? Wiener is perplexed with BrietBart taking over the news conference for 6 minutes, so Wiener is now perplexed with how to lie and what will he do with his loving wife?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. BJ

    A Republican congressman from NY was forced to resign because of shirtless pictures of himself online soliciting women. It resulted in a special election.

    Yes, this stuff does matter and does affect us all.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      No resignation from the Weiner. Why the double standard? Throw the bum OUT!!

      June 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. CROPPED!

    HEY CNN, YOU CROPPED THE PHOTO! Go see the entire pic on biggovernment's website! Such bull crap, CNN! The full pic is obviously wiener!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. the kookaburra blames you!

    Breitbart is a bomb throwing propagandist. How can anyone believe anything he says?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dan W

    Wait until we have a Gay president and all his wang-doodle pics come out.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Liberal frauds

    The Libs come out of the woodwork "its not a big deal" "who cares", etc. Hillarious stuff. Libs are just a joke period. They criticize Conservatives all the time about trivial issues, because they can't debate the issues. Now that one of their own is exposed, its no big deal. Laughable, just laughable. At least the spotlight is off your former "Golden Boy" Edwards (for the time being).

    June 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Marge

    Did you people know that Breitbart is a supporter or Clarence Thomas. That he had Thomas endorse his book and he signed and endorsed Thomas' book. Why do you think Breitbart is pulling another of his so called TRICKS.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Diane

    My goodness there are angry people around here!! Get a life, gang!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
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