Huma Abedin files for divorce from Anthony Weiner

Jun 02, 2017, 02:11
Huma Abedin files for divorce from Anthony Weiner

"I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse", he said, via ABC News. A spokesperson with the Manhattan Supreme Court confirmed that Abedin, a close aide to Hillary Clinton, had filed court papers seeking a divorce.

In the courtroom, a tearful Weiner read a statement: "I accept full responsibility for my conduct".

Weiner, 52, of New York, New York, has pled guilty to one count of transferring obscenity to a minor, which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. I apologize to the teenage girl, whom I mistreated so badly.

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In court, Weiner cried as he apologized to the teenager with whom he exchanged sexually explicit texts.

Weiner said his "destructive impulses" have ruined his life, and said he has hit "rock bottom".

Weiner ran unsuccessfully for mayor of NY in 2013 in a campaign that collapsed when Weiner, using the alias "Carlos Danger", again was found to be sending explicit photographs. "Yet I remained in denial even as the world around me fell apart". Weiner added that since then, he has come "to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness". His lawyer can request leniency at a sentencing scheduled for September 8. But Weiner is likely to serve much less time if he is sentenced to prison. As part of his plea deal, he has agreed not to appeal any sentence of 27 months or less, Reuters says.

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The case came to the attention of the Federal Bureau of Investigation last year when the 15-year-old girl in North Carolina told the Daily Mail about her online communications with Weiner. She said that Weiner, then 51, carried out a monthslong sexually explicit conversation with her in which he asked her to undress and sent her semiclothed photos of himself.

"He apologized, offered no excuses, and made a commitment to make amends", Devlin-Brown said in a statement.

The investigation led FBI agents to seize his laptop computer, which led to the discovery of a new cache of emails that Clinton had sent to Abedin. But Clinton partly blamed her election loss to Republican Donald Trump on Comey's announcement.

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She stood at his side in 2013, at a press conference after Weiner self-scuttled his mayoral candidacy by getting caught continuing to sext with multiple women.

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