Weiner Confirms Sex Chats Are Real, Does Not Specify Timeframe
Anthony Weiner's staff issued a statement confirming that chats published by The Dirty under the name Carlos Danger were in fact written by him.
Business Insider published the statement which began "I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have."
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. While some
things that have been posted today are true and some are not, there is
no question that what I did was wrong. This behavior is behind me. I've
apologized to Huma and am grateful that she has worked through these
issues with me and for her forgiveness. I want to again say that I am
very sorry to anyone who was on the receiving end of these messages and
the disruption that this has caused. As my wife and I have said, we are
focused on moving forward.
Weiner's statement does not specify when the new round of sexting--allegedly with a 22 year old woman--took place. The Dirty claims it happened after the scandal that forced Weiner to resign from office. A tweet from Nik Ritchie, publisher of The Dirty, suggests more detail including a timeline is forthcoming:
Update: The Dirty has published a timeline which indicates the sexting began in July 2012 and ended in December. Weiner resigned from office in June 2011, so this relationship began a full year after he supposedly put this behavior behind him.
If accurate, this also means that Weiner was engaged in the relationship just three months before the interviews that led to this glowing rehabilitation piece in the New York Times.
Weiner resigned from Congress in June 2011 after misleading the nation about his online relationships with women, after Andrew Breitbart drew attention to an explicit tweet that Weiner had sent to a young woman in Seattle. Weiner initially claimed that his social media accounts had been "hacked," but when Breitbart produced additional evidence of Weiner's online relationships, including additional self-portraits Weiner had sent, Weiner admitted he had lied.