Saturday 18 August 2018

Weiner asked me to lie about sex emails, says former porn actress

A former porn actress who exchanged emails and messages over Twitter with US Representative Anthony Weiner said he asked her to lie about their interactions, while a growing chorus of politicians pressed for his resignation as the scandal enveloping the congressman enters its third week.

Mr Weiner has told friends he wanted to speak with his pregnant wife, Huma Abedin, before deciding whether to resign.

She returned to Washington yesterday from a trip to Africa with her boss, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Nightclub dancer Ginger Lee is the latest in a series of women who said they received sexually charged messages from the seven-term congressman.

The scandal began when Mr Weiner posted a picture of his underwear-clad crotch on Twitter, then lied about it and said his account was hacked.

Mr Weiner acknowledged last week during a teary news conference that he had sent lewd photos and messages to about six women over three years.

Ms Lee, from La Vergne, Tennessee, said she and Mr Weiner exchanged about 100 emails between March and June, after Ms Lee posted a supportive statement about the congressman on her blog.

He then contacted her on Twitter, Ms Lee said. They mostly discussed politics, but he would often turn the conversation to sex, she said.

"I have wardrobe demands too. I need to highlight my package',' Mr Weiner wrote to Ms Lee, in an email read aloud at the news conference by Ms Lee's attorney, Gloria Allred.

The 46-year-old congressman, who has taken a two-week leave from the House, was in treatment for an undisclosed disorder at an undisclosed location. A spokeswoman declined to comment.

In an interview two weeks ago, he said he had exchanged messages with Ms Lee but did not elaborate.

Ms Lee said she did not send sexually suggestive messages to Mr Weiner. "Anytime that he would take our communications in a sexual direction, I did not reciprocate," she said.

After the first photo surfaced, Ms Lee asked Mr Weiner what to do and "he asked me to lie" about their contact, she said.

Ms Lee said she put out a three-sentence statement on the matter at his request. That statement said: "I haven't met Rep Weiner. I follow him on Twitter because I support him and what he stands for. I have been hounded by his political opponents but that hasn't changed my view of him and what he fights for."

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