After more than a week of denials, New York Congressman Anthony Weiner finally came clean. In what turned into a bizarre press conference of epic proportions (more on that later), Weiner admitted to sending a picture of his crotch to a young woman over Twitter.
"The picture was of me, I sent it," he confessed to room of reporters in Manhattan. He said he meant to send the picture as a joke, but panicked and told people he was hacked instead. Weiner called the whole thing a "hugely regrettable mistake" and apologized for lying. He also admitted to having "several inappropriate conversations” with six other ladies online both before and after being married.
The Congressman said he has no plans to resign.
The website BigGovernment.com, run by conservative activist Andrew Breitbart, published a new picture today reportedly of Weiner without his shirt on. Breitbart claimed he received it from another woman who received semi-NSFW shots of the congressman.
Breitbart attended Weiner’s big press conference this afternoon, then hijacked the podium before Weiner took the stage. One can't help but make comparisons to Kanye West and Taylor Swift at the 2009 MTV VMAs. So drama! He took questions from reporters before the congressman entered the room. He said, "I'm here for some vindication" after being accused of being a hacker. Total live TV moment in action.
It clearly worked. In addition to his wife, family, his constituents, Weiner also extended a formal apology to Breitbart.