Anthony Weiner, the Democratic candidate for mayor of New York City held a press conference Tuesday (July 23), confirming that some of the newly released text and internet messages are legitimate, though he wouldn’t specify which ones.
The impromptu press conference comes after The Dirty released a series of Facebook messages and posts from the social networking website Formspring, allegedly sent by Weiner. As for the timeline, Weiner says some of the messages happened before his 2011 resignation from Congress, while others happened after.
Weiner resigned in the wake of another scandal, involving his sending internet messages, emails and photos to various young women around the country. It all began when a photo of a man’s bulging underwear was posted to his verified Twitter account, directed to a 21-year-old female college student. The photo was almost immediately deleted. Weiner initially claimed he was hacked, before coming clean.
As for the new claims, TheDirty says Weiner used the alias of Carlos Danger, meeting a 22-year-old woman on Formspring in July 2012. Their relationship reportedly consisted of exchanging sexually explicit photos (including one alleged to be of Weiner’s penis) and phone sex, before it ended in 2012.
The woman making the claims went to the website anonymously to share screen captures of their conversations, along with a photo of Weiner. She says he promised her a job and condo, and she believed they were in love.
Weiner says he and his wife are working on their marriage, “I’m glad these things are behind us.” He will continue to run for mayor. His wife, Huma Abedin, also spoke, “It took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony. It was not an easy choice in any way, but I made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage.”
She also says the mistakes Weiner had made are something for them to deal with in their marriage, adding, “We are moving forward.”