After being thrust into the national spotlight of the Weinergate scandal, Lisa Weiss has gone from anonymous Las Vegas blackjack dealer to infamous sexting paramour.
The 40-year-old is one of at least six women who exchanged lewd, sexually laced computer messages and photos with Democratic New York Congressman Anthony Weiner.
While he fights off calls to resign and an oncoming House ethics investigation, she has been suspended from her job and has been holed up in her home, according to celebrity gossip website TMZ.com.
"I feel guilty being a part of it," she told TMZ. "It's messing up my life. I'm humiliated."
Weiss' Bellagio bosses told her not to come to work for a week until the "media frenzy" died down and threatened to fire her if she did any more interviews, she told TMZ Tuesday.
At Weiss' listed address near the Las Vegas Beltway and Eastern Avenue, a handwritten sign taped to the front door welcomed visitors.
"NO TRESPASSING. NO REPORTERS. NO INTERVIEWS. NO MEDIA," the sign read, followed by a threat to prosecute "anyone not leaving this property."
Windows on the front doors were covered with sheets of white paper. One had a quarter-sized peephole cut out.
A woman behind the door told a reporter Wednesday afternoon, "I hope you can read since you're a reporter," and wished him a nice day.
Later, Weiss told the TV gossip show Inside Edition she didn't know Weiner was married when their nine-month sexting relationship began but continued her flirtations even after finding out.
"When I look back, I kind of think he shouldn't have. But what I did was also wrong. ... I said things that I am humiliated by," she said on the show.
She also apologized to Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, saying, "I feel terrible. I'm very sorry. I had a crush on him. I want to apologize. I should not have been flirting with her husband."
On social media sites, Weiss describes herself as a "super-liberal" whose heroes include Jon Stewart and Bill Maher.
Further information gleaned from her Facebook page and Twitter account, where she goes by @liberallisa, indicated Weiss is a native of Milwaukee who studied at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, and was in the class of 1991.
According to Radaronline.com, Weiss said she once worked as a Democratic campaign worker. A spokesman for the Nevada Democratic Party said they had no record that she was a volunteer.
On Twitter, Weiss has given shout-outs to Democrats and liberals in office and in the media, including President Barack Obama; Newark, N.J., Mayor Cory Booker; and TV commentators Stewart, Keith Olbermann, Denis Leary and Stephen Colbert.
Her Twitter profile said: "super liberal! learned all i know from stephen colbert, jon stewart and bill maher!! blackjack dealer in vegas."
According to Radaronline, Weiss said she shared 220 messages with Weiner since August and also conversed on the telephone. According to the website, she claimed she had phone sex with Weiner while he was using a government phone.
Weiss reportedly told the gossip site she decided to come forward when Weiner did not return her messages after the scandal erupted over a racy photo sent from his Twitter account to a Seattle woman. Weiner on Monday acknowledged sending the photo.
On June 3, Weiss attempted via Twitter to contact MSNBC commentator Rachel Maddow: "@maddow have a juicy political story I wnt to give y!how do i contact ur show?"
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has called for an Ethics Committee investigation of Weiner. Two other women, including a former porn star, have said they received messages and revealing photos from the congressman.
Contact reporter Brian Haynes at firstname.lastname@example.org or 702-383-0281.