"Weinergate" has resurfaced once again thanks to another round of the Anthony Weiner sexting scandal. In addition to dominating headlines this week for reportedly sexting a woman with his son in bed next to him, the former Congressman also received the Colbert bump in a very big way on Monday's Late Show. Weiner's wife and aide to presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Huma Abedin, released a formal statement Monday that they would be separating.
Alleged texts obtained by the New York Post between Weiner and his so-called "sext buddy" reveal that he felt his marriage was already over, something he reportedly admitted to the mystery woman during one of their first exchanges. "I kinda envy that path now that I have a 3 yr old and a busted marriage [sic]," Weiner reportedly texted the "40-something" when she revealed she had been divorced after 16 years.
Weiner and the woman also reportedly discussed the prospect of moving to D.C. with his wife, Huma Abedin, should Hillary Clinton secure the presidency in November. "I doubt I am under any circumstances," Weiner reportedly said via text. Additional messages obtained by the Post and published over the weekend paint a slightly sext-ier picture of their ongoing discussions, which continued until earlier this month.
"I was scared," the Post reports Weiner texted the woman in July of last year. "For half a second I thought I posted something. Stop looking at my crotch." Weiner was perhaps, as the Post notes, referencing the fear of repeating his 2011 scandal involving an accidentally tweeted crotch shot. Other phrases reported to have been used during the textual exchanges included "raging after the gym," "holy fuckity fuck," and "horny as fuck."
Abedin announced her separation from Weiner in a statement to the Guardian Monday, asking for the public to respect the family's privacy during the transition. "After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband," Abedin said. "Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life."