Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) admitted during a press conference Monday afternoon that he did send a lewd photo of himself to a woman via Twitter. He also admitted he engaged in inappropriate conversations with several women over three years via online mediums and phone calls. Some of those conversations, he said, took place since he’s been married.
According to Weiner, who apologized, he lied to the media as well as others about the photos and nature of his relationships. He previously stated he was “hacked” when then photo came out May 27. In addition to lying to the media, he said his staff was just fully made aware of the situation this afternoon.
At the late-afternoon news conference in New York, Weiner called the initial underpants photo a joke and a “hugely regrettable mistake.”
“I haven’t told the truth and have done things I deeply regret,” he said. “I brought pain to people I care about.”
He later said: “This was a very dumb thing to do.”
While he did admit to the photos and interactions — most of which started via Facebook — he said he never met any of the women in person.
The admission comes as more pictures emerged today of a shirtless man resembling weiner — pictures sent to a woman via a Yahoo! mail account. Those pictures, Weiner now says, were of him.
During the course of the press conference, the normally-cocky Weiner was contrite and emotional. His voice cracked numerous times and he appeared to cry.
The photo showing Weiner shirtless was reminiscent of a photo of former Rep. Chris Lee, a New York Republican who resigned from office earlier this year after a shirtless photo he sent a woman on Craig’s List became public.
Weiner, 46, married Hillary Rodham Clinton aide Huma Abedin last July, with former President Bill Clinton officiating. Before that, Weiner had been known as one of New York’s most eligible bachelors.
Despite apologizing, Weiner said he will not resign since his actions did not violate House rules. He added that he and his wife have no plans on splitting up.
Watch the full 27-minute press conference below:
This is a breaking story. Updates will be added. The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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