By Francesca Trianni
NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner confirmed on Tuesday that some newly revealed sexually explicit online chats and photos, published this week by a gossip website, were sent by him.
Weiner, 48, resigned from the Congress in June 2011 after admitting he used Twitter and other social media to send pictures of himself in his underwear to a woman. Tuesday’s admission concerned his having sent at least some of the suggestive chats and photos published by TheDirty.com on Monday. The timing of those communications could not immediately be confirmed.
“I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have,” Weiner said in a statement emailed by his mayoral campaign office.
“As I have said in the past, these things that I did were wrong and hurtful to my wife and caused us to go through challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation from Congress,” he added.
Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, a close aide for former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, has joined him on the campaign trail in his effort to win the Democratic primary in the 2013 New York City mayor’s race.
(Reporting by Francesca Trianni; Editing by Barbara Goldberg, Ellen Wulfhorst and Prudence Crowther)
[Former U.S. Congressman and New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner arrives at a campaign event in New York]
UPDATE: Watch live as Weiner discusses the most recent allegations at a press conference in New York City.