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Congressman fesses up to lewd pictures, refuses to step down

Monday, June 6, 2011 - 7:11pm

A stunning admission from Congressman Anthony Weiner: He says it was him that tweeted an explicit photo and that he had done it before.

Weiner contended for days that he was the victim of hacking, but now says he lied. He then went on to admit he had sent other lewd pictures to other women in what he called hugely regrettable mistakes.

"I am deeply sorry for the pain this has caused my wife Huma and our family and my constituents, my friends, supporters and staff," he said. "Last Friday night I tweeted a photograph of myself that I intended to send as a direct message as part of a joke to a woman in Seattle. When I realized I had sent it to all of Twitter, I took it down and said I had been hacked."

Weiner says some of those exchanges were after his wedding to top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, last year. His admission comes after new photos surfaced, including those allegedly sent to a woman in Texas.

NBC has not independently authenticated the photos, but Weiner was completely candid.

"This was a destructive thing to do that I deeply regret," he said.

He has no plans to step down.

Representative Weiner said none of the relationships was physical.

As for his political future, he says he hopes voters will forgive him. He has spoken with Democratic leadership, and says Nancy Pelosi was not happy, but advised him to be completely truthful.
 

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