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. MdawgMike

    Somebody definitely hacked his account. He was trying to send something to Palin but it got re-routed. Those low down hackers!!

    June 6, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Quiet1

    Politicians lie so much it is part of the game on both sides/;.

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

    Is he dead? Did he shoot himself?

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

    The person in that photo is much larger and more physically developed than the skinny Rep. Weiner. The idea that anyone would believe this is him is preposterous. Are you people f-ing stupid? And, shame on CNN for giving this idiocy any credibility.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • equality

      please go to biggovernment.com. i didnt think that was him either, but cnn did crop the photo to get rid of his face.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hesiod

      You do know you can photo shop anyone's face on any body, right? Remember that famous photo of Sarah Palin in the red white and blue bikini that was e-mailed everywhere in 2008? That wasn't a real picture of Sarah Palin. But a lot of the same mental retards who are posting here actually believed it was real.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeremy

      How do you feel now???

      June 6, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Bobb Dobbs

    Why did you crop out more of his face that is in the original - it has more of his lips helping identify him.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hesiod

      The shoulders are a dead giveaway that this is a photoshopped fake. You people are dumber than horse poop.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  6. brownstain

    No fattyboombalaties on the plane. No exceptions.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. equality

    what i dont get is that the libs think this is such a "waste" of a story. but i am sure if this was republican they would be all over it. please explain.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sigh

      So very, very weak. That's all you have?

      June 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hades

      The reason why it's a much bigger deal for Republicans who get caught in stupid personal shenanigans is that they claim to own the "higher ground" on morals issues. You can't have it both ways, GOP.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Liberal87

    Screw you CNN, for posting such a stupid story. Who gives a crap about Weiner.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ruben

    You can see the Congressman and President Clinton in the background picture. How stupid is that! he took the picture in his congressional office.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. patty b

    HE WISHES this was him... wiener boy

    June 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  11. LIn

    Pack up your office, Rep. Weiner. The downpour of stupidity is about to overhwhelm you.

    June 6, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Dave

    My guess is that he will invoke the DDS rule (Democratic Double Standard) where he will be able to stay in office and have other House Members take up for him because he is for good things like "the children". New York voters will elect again.

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

      I see what you did there! You is so smart and stuff.

      June 6, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Futon Torpedo

    "Ask me about my Weinerrrrrr!!!!!!1" – Jonah Hill, Accepted

    June 6, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  14. brownstain

    whata putz

    June 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  15. cpope

    well, well, once again – "I really did it" I panicked" "Please forgive me" I lied, I lied, I lied............. Does anyone tell the truth anymore?

    June 6, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
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