NEW YORK CITY — Mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner, who resigned from Congress in disgrace in 2011 after sending lewd messages to women online, has admitted to sending additional sexual messages after he left office that surfaced on the Internet this week.
Standing at a packed press conference with his wife, Huma Abedin, by his side, he vowed to stay in the race.
A visibly uncomfortable Abedin also spoke to reporters, saying that despite "horrible mistakes" made by her husband, she had forgiven him and still supported his run for mayor.
"It took us a very long time to get through it," she said, referring to the strains on their marriage caused by the sexting scandal. "It took a lot of work and a whole lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony. It was not an easy choice in any way, but I made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage."
She admitted that her husband had "made some horrible mistakes, both before he resigned from Congress and after.
"I love him, I have forgiven him and I believe in him," said an admittedly nervous Abedin.
Her statement came in response to a new claim posted Monday on the website TheDirty.com by a woman who said she carried on an online relationship with Weiner up to the summer of 2012, more than a year after he resigned and while Abedin was pregnant with their son.
According to the site's anonymous source, after being contacted by Weiner via Facebook, they began communicating regularly online and over the phone.
"Things were very intense by August 2012," the woman told the gossip site. "We would send naked images to each other and have phone sex."
The anonymous woman also claims Weiner — who reportedly went by the screen name of “Carlos Danger” — offered to buy her a Chicago condo at 1235 S. Prairie Ave. where they could meet for sex.
The condo cited is inside a high-rise near Lake Michigan. Sale prices for condos in the building have exceeded $500,000, according to recent listings.
"Anthony Weiner would send me penis pictures from his Carlos Danger yahoo email to my Gmail," she told the TheDirty.com.
The candidate read from a prepared statement at the press conference, promising to continue his campaign for mayor.
“I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have,” Weiner said. “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.”
He said that some of what was "been posted today are true and some are not," but declined to elaborate, saying he was "not prepared to dispute anything that's out there."
He dismissed the report of the "Carlos Danger" online liaison, saying it doesn't represent "all that much that is new."
Weiner ended by saying he and his wife “are focused on moving forward.”
After the press conference, he attended a mayoral candidates forum hosted by the Gay Men's Health Crisis, winning over a hostile audience.
Public Advocate and rival candidate Bill de Blasio seized on the news to call for Weiner to drop out of the race.
"Enough is enough," he said in a statement. "I’m calling on Anthony to withdraw from this race — for the good of the city that I know he loves as much as all of us."