Saturday 3 December 2016

US politician's marriage breaks down after sexting scandal pictures 'show young son beside him in bed'

Top Clinton aide dumps husband Weiner over new sexting scandal

Rachael English, New York

Published 30/08/2016 | 02:30

Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin. Photo: Getty Images
Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin. Photo: Getty Images

Former New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner has been accused of sending racy Twitter messages again, three years after a 'sexting' scandal saw his election hopes dashed.

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Mr Weiner's wife Huma Abedin, who is one of Hillary Clinton's top aides, said she is now separating from her husband after the revelation.

Ms Abedin said in a brief statement released by Clinton's presidential campaign: "After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband."

She adds: "Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy."

The 'New York Post' published photos the newspaper said Mr Weiner had sent last year to a woman it identified only as a "40-something divorcee".

The Democrat quit Congress in 2011 following revelations that he was sending women sexually explicit messages.

The latest alleged indiscretion happened at about 3am on July 31 last year, according to the 'New York Post', when Mr Weiner and an unnamed woman were reportedly talking about massage parlours near his former apartment.

"Someone just climbed into my bed," he told the woman.

He then sent a picture of his crotch. His young son was cuddled up against his left side, asleep.

Moments later he reportedly worried he had posted the image on his public timeline and not as a private, direct message - like in 2011 when his Twitter followers saw he had uploaded a picture of himself, posing in grey underwear.

The recipient of the messages is reportedly a supporter of Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association.

She insisted to the 'Post' that the pair, who continued to send messages until earlier in August, had never met, although he had asked her several times to come to New York.

Mr Weiner could not be immediately reached for comment.

The messages were reportedly filled with lewd innuendoes, and even cartoon images of tissues, hand lotion and masturbation.

He claimed she was his "fantasy". When the woman told him that being sexually aroused was like a "disease", he replied: "You are the carrier."

In 2012, the couple told 'People' that Mr Weiner had been to therapy since the first scandal and he said he was happy as a stay-at-home father.

"I feel like a different person," he said.

The disgraced congressman and avowed socialist was close to beating Bill de Blasio in the polls in 2013 until it was discovered that he had begun messaging women under the pseudonym 'Carlos Danger' again.

The recovery from disaster, and the plunge back into scandal, was made into a documentary this year called 'Weiner'.

He joined a crisis PR firm last July, but was let go two months later.

The circumstances of his departure are under dispute, as the firm claimed he resigned.

Independent News Service

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