Weiner said in a July 2, 2012, interview with People magazine that he’d “tried to become a better person” every day since the sexting scandal. And yet the latest indiscretion appears to have started just days after he gave that interview.
The woman involved in newly disclosed messages told The Dirty that she was 22 when she began chatting with Weiner on a social networking site in July 2012, and that their interchanges lasted six months. Weiner used the alias “Carlos Danger,” but she knew she was talking to the former congressman, she said.
The exchanges posted on The Dirty consist of sexually explicit fantasizing about various sex acts, and the site ran a pixelated photo of what it said were Weiner’s genitals. At one point, the man reported to be Weiner wrote, “I’m deeply flawed.”
The woman said Weiner exchanged nude photos of himself with her, engaged in phone sex with her, promised to help her get a job at the political website Politico and suggested meeting in a Chicago condo for a tryst.
“This was a bad situation for me because I really admired him. Even post-scandal, I thought he was misunderstood. Until I got to know him,” the woman was quoted as telling the website.
She said he later asked her to destroy the evidence of their chats. She insisted that she never had sex with Weiner or received any payment from him.
The woman said her relationship with Weiner “fizzled” in November 2012. She said she last heard from him this past April, when a New York Times Magazine profile revealed he was eying a mayoral run.
Weiner said not every allegation the woman made was true but that he was not going to dispute specific claims. The lawyer for The Dirty’s founder, Nik Ritchie, said his client was ill and would not comment Tuesday.
Weiner said his last sexting exchange happened “sometime last summer, I think,” after he and his wife sat down for a glowing People magazine profile in which they said they had gotten past their troubles.
Weiner told the Daily News of New York in May that at one point, he checked into a Houston psychiatric clinic to have his behavior evaluated, but “it wasn’t an addiction thing.”
Mayoral candidates Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and former City Councilman Sal Albanese, both Democrats, and billionaire John Catsimatidis, a Republican, called on Weiner to quit the race: “Enough is enough,” de Blasio said. Another Democratic mayoral hopeful, city Comptroller John Liu, stopped short of calling for Weiner to bow out but suggested his “propensity for pornographic selfies is a valid issue for voters.”
The other leading Democratic candidates, including City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and former City Comptroller Bill Thompson, did not immediately comment.
In an editorial posted online Tuesday, The New York Times said, “the serially evasive” Weiner “should take his marital troubles and personal compulsions out of the public eye, away from cameras, off the Web and out of the race for mayor of New York City.”
In an editorial Wednesday, the Daily News said: “He is not fit to lead America’s premier city. Lacking the dignity and discipline that New York deserves in a mayor, Weiner must recognize that his demons have no place in City Hall.”