Mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner admitted Tuesday that he engaged in sexually explicit online chats with a young woman that were not known at the time he resigned from Congress amid a sexting scandal.
Weiner issued the confirmation after the gossip site TheDirty.com revealed the conversations, which it claimed were conducted over six months in 2012, well after Weiner left Congress in disgrace.
Although Weiner admitted having the conversations, he did not address the issue of when those explicit conversations took place.
"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,” Weiner said in the release.
“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,” he said.
“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."
TheDirty.com claimed the explicit conversations were between Weiner and a 22-year-old woman who went by the name Dangr33 on the social media site Formspring.
The two also allegedly exchanged messages on Facebook.
The anonymous woman’s avatar on Formspring is a picture of a naked, tattooed woman in high heels bending her body over an old trunk.
The person who was allegedly Weiner did not have an avatar.
“She really thought Anthony Weiner and her were in love,” TheDirty.com’s editor, Nik Richie, wrote in a post accompanying the revelations.
“They spoke on the phone daily multiple times a day for six months. Anthony Weiner played with her emotions and mind. Most calls were phone sex.”
The site said Weiner promised the woman a condo in Chicago at 1235 S. Prairie Ave., “where they were planning to meet up and have sex.”
Although TheDirty.com said the chats took place after Weiner resigned from Congress, the screenshots it posed of the explicit conversations did not have a date stamped on them.
In the conversation, the person identified as Weiner allegedly offered the woman help in getting on a blogger panel hosted by the website Politico.
He also requested that she "hard delete all our chats here" and told her her that he is "deeply flawed."