Nearly three years after former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) exposed in a much-publicized sexting scandal, the disgraced politician is embroiled in yet another, similar controversy.
The New York Post reports Weiner, the husband of Hillary Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin, got really “flirty” while communicating to a female college student.
However, as it turns out, Weiner gave his phone number and offered his location not to a woman but to a male New York college student who was using his friend’s Twitter and username "Nikki” to lure the politician into a trap.
In one of the messages, obtained by the Post, Weiner refers to himself as a “deceptively strong … like a mongoose” and jokes about stripping naked in his hotel room. In another, he vaguely informs “Nikki” of being clad in just a towel in a hotel room.
“I moved the tv so I could hear/see it while in the shower. I dropped it. Neighbor complained. Me Towel. Tv. Floor. And now concierge on the way,” he wrote.
The latest scandal is in fact the third time in nearly five years Weiner has found himself caught in such a situation.
In May 2011, he was accused of sending sexually explicit photograph of himself via his Twitter account to a female follower. Initially, Weiner claimed someone hacked his account but later on publicly apologized for lying and admitted he indeed sent the photo. That year in June, he resigned from Congress, citing “personal mistakes” as the reason.
In 2013, while Weiner was running for mayor of New York City, it was revealed that the disgraced ex-congressman used to sext with various women, using Internet handle “Carlos Danger.” He again admitted to sending the messages, saying it was after he resigned from Congress.
Both times, Abedin forgave him, saying while her husband made some "horrible mistakes,” she was sticking with him.
Surprisingly, this time around, Weiner neither denied nor accepted engaging in a flirtatious affair. Instead, he told the Post the texts were “a playful joust with an obvious catfish,” adding “I can confirm that I am indeed deceptively strong like a mongoose.”
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