Anthony Weiner, the Jewish New York politician who has become a sexting joke that refuses to go away, is back in the news amid reports that he sent a lewd photo of a bulge in his underoos to a woman while his 3-year-old son was sleeping next to him.
Weiner, whose wife Huma Abedin has been campaigning with Hillary Clinton, sent the picture on July 31, 2015, according to the New York Post, which on Monday published the picture and a series of cringe-inducing, emoji-laden online exchanges with an unnamed woman.
Hours after the fresh sexting revelations were published, Abedin announced she and Weiner were splitting.
According to the report, Weiner, who carried on an 18-month correspondence with the woman that frequently involved explicit sexual references, wrote to her at one point last year that “someone just climbed into my bed.”
“Really?” she replied.
He then sent a picture of himself in his underwear, clearly aroused, next to his sleeping son.
“You do realize you can see you[r] Weiner in that pic??” the woman, who also sent him pictures of herself in her underwear, wrote back.
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In a later message, Weiner blamed her for keeping him awake the previous night. “I did not sleep well… Horny as f–k,” he wrote.
According to the woman — identified in the report only as a “40-something divorcee” — the exchange of sexually charged messages between the two began in January 2015, and continued until early this month.
She said that although the former politician repeatedly invited her to visit him in New York, they never met, contradicting a claim by Weiner that the two “have been friends for some time.”
“She has asked me not to comment except to say that our conversations were private, often included pictures of her nieces and nephews and my son, and were always appropriate,” he said, according to the report.
However, screenshots of the correspondence revealed that Weiner’s selfie with his son was only one of over a dozen explicit photos he had sent the woman, with “most show[ing] him posing shirtless to flaunt his well-toned physique,” the Post report said.
Abedin announced her separation from Weiner in a 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. 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,” she said.
Abedin’s announcement was swiftly hijacked by Clinton’s Republican opponent, Donald Trump, who said in a statement: “Huma is making a very wise decision. I know Anthony Weiner well, and she will be far better off without him.
“I only worry for the country in that Hillary Clinton was careless and negligent in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information,” Trump added. “Who knows what he learned and who he told? It’s just another example of Hillary Clinton’s bad judgment. It is possible that our country and its security have been greatly compromised by this.”
Once considered an up-and-coming star in the Democratic Party, Weiner was forced out of politics in 2011 after he was caught sending an explicit photo to a female Twitter follower and later admitted to sending such photos to several women.
Abedin was pregnant with the couple’s first child at the time.
Two years later, he attempted a comeback by running for mayor of New York and was caught flirting on Twitter again and sexting using the nom de plume “Carlos Danger.”
He has recently been put back in the spotlight by a documentary about his attempted comeback and his wife’s work on the Clinton campaign.
AP contributed to this report.