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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, July 24, 2013
NEW YORK---New York City mayoral candidate
Anthony Weiner admitted yesterday to sending
additional explicit photos and texts to a woman he
met online---correspondence she says began months
after he resigned from Congress for similar behav-
The allegation could severely test voters willingness
to forgive Weiner, who has said he spent the two
years since the scandal trying to make things right
with his wife and earn redemption.
Weiner, who resigned his House seat in June 2011
after acknowledging having sexual conversations with
at least a half-dozen women, has been near the top
of most mayoral polls since his late entry into the
race this spring.
"I said that other texts and photos were likely to
come out and today they have," said Weiner in a
statement released by his campaign. "I want to again
say that I am very sorry to anyone who was on the
receiving end of these messages and the disruption
this has caused."
Weiner did not say when the newly revealed
exchanges occurred, but he said his behaviour created
"challenges in our marriage that extended past my
The new lewd correspondence was posted Monday
by the gossip Web site The Dirty. The woman involved
was not identified.
The woman, who told the website she was 22 when
she began her correspondence with Weiner, said their
online relationship lasted for six months and continued
into last summer. She claimed Weiner used the alias
"Carlos Danger" for their tawdry exchanges and later
asked her to destroy the evidence of their chats.
Weiner s wife, Huma Abedin, has played a large---
and increasing---role in his mayoral campaign.
Abedin, a longtime adviser to Hillary Rodham
Clinton, urged Weiner to run for office, has led his
campaign fundraising and recently made her debut
on the campaign trail. Two weekends ago, she walked
hand-in-hand with Weiner as they talked to voters
on a Harlem street.
"This behaviour is behind me," said Weiner in the
statement released yesterday. "I apologised to Huma
and am grateful that she has worked through these
issues with me and for her forgiveness."
His problems began on May 28, 2011, when a Web
site run by conservative commentator Andrew Bre-
itbart posted a lewd photograph of an underwear-
clad crotch and said it had been sent from Weiner s
Twitter account to a Seattle woman.
Weiner denied that he sent the photo, claiming
that his Twitter had been hacked.
But after more women came forward and more
photographic evidence emerged---some of it X-rated---
Weiner admitted that he had lied. Abedin was not
at his side when he announced his resignation. (AP)
PARIS---A French lawmaker
is defending himself against
accusations that he told a group
of Gypsies he wished the Nazis
had killed more members of
the minority during World War
II.Gilles Bourdouleix, a member
of parliament and mayor for the
town of Cholet near Nantes, had
a confrontation with Gypsies on
Sunday, when he visited a field
owned by the town where Gyp-
sies are illegally living in cara-
vans. He asked them to leave.
The Courrier de l Ouest
newspaper, which had a jour-
nalist at the scene, reported that
some of the Gypsies made Nazi
salutes at Bourdouleix and that
he responded by saying: "Maybe
Hitler didn t kill enough of
them." On Monday, the paper
released a recording on its Web
site during which the lawmaker
can be heard saying that.
Yesterday, Bourdouleix told
the French television station
iTELE that he was merely
repeating a statement the jour-
nalist had made. The lawmaker,
who threatened to sue the paper,
also said that if he meets the
reporter, "I d want to give him
a couple of punches."
France s Interior Ministry said
yesterday that it has asked pros-
ecutors to investigate whether
Bourdouleix could be sued for
excusing crimes against human-
ity. "Nothing can justify, or
excuse, that an elected repre-
sentative of the republic dares
such a reference to the worst
barbarism of the 20th century,"
the ministry said in a statement.
Europe s Gypsies were per-
secuted and deported to con-
centration and death camps by
the Nazis during World War II.
In France, one of the internment
camps for Gypsies was located
in Montreuil-Bellay, only 37
miles from Cholet.
The lawmaker s comment was
criticised by leaders of his cen-
ter-right political party, the UDI.
Gypsies---referred to in French
as "gens du voyage"---usually
live in caravans, moving from
town to town. There are an esti-
mated 400,000 Gypsies in
France, 95 per cent of them with
French nationality. (AP)
admits to more
In this January 2011, file photo, Anthony Weiner and
his wife Huma Abedin pose for photographs after
the ceremonial swearing in of the 112th Congress on
Capitol Hill in Washington. AP PHOTO
French lawmaker on defensive over Hitler reference
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