Anthony Weiner Caught in Yet Another Sexting Scandal

The ex-congressman and husband to Clinton aide Huma Abedin has deleted his Twitter account.


Update, August 29, 11:27 a.m. EST: In a statement to NBC, Huma Abedin announced that she is planning to separate from her husband, Anthony Weiner.

Anthony Weiner appears to have deleted his Twitter account amid new allegations that the former New York congressman has been sending lewd messages to an unknown woman over the past 19 months, the New York Post reports. The report is the latest in a series of sexting scandals involving Weiner, including one that brought down his 2013 campaign to become the mayor of New York City.

One of the photos allegedly sent by Weiner, the husband of Hillary Clinton’s top aide, Huma Abedin, includes their sleeping son.

When contacted by the Post, Weiner confirmed that he knew the woman, who is choosing to remain anonymous, but described their exchanges as private and “appropriate.”

The report on Monday is likely to intensify right-wing attacks against Abedin. For years, the long-serving aide to Clinton has been the target of conspiracy theories suggesting she is an agent of the Muslim Brotherhood. Recently, Donald Trump suggested that Abedin posed a security risk to Clinton’s campaign because she divulged national security secrets to Weiner (“a sleazeball and pervert”).

Weiner was forced to resign from Congress in 2011, after accidentally posting a risqué picture of himself on Twitter.

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