Rep. Anthony Weiner’s admission (video below) this afternoon that he had sexually explicit online communications with women came after a report that a Nevada woman possessed "sexting" messages she said were sent to her by the New York congressman.
The disclosure by RadarOnline.com, an online gossip site, and the tabloid Star magazine provided a twist to the scandal that plagued Weiner since a photo of a man’s bulging underpants was tweeted to a Seattle woman on May 18 from Weiner’s Twitter account.
Within hours, Weiner, at a New York press conference, confessed he had sent the underwear tweet and also had carried on "inappropriate communications" with a half dozen women over the past three years.
RadarOnline said a middle-aged Nevada woman, who it did not identify, claimed to have 200 explicit messages from Weiner sent through a Facebook page that he no longer uses. The woman provided the gossip site with a partially redacted transcript of an text exchange conducted on March 16, the site said.
UPDATE: RadarOnline.com now reports the identity of the Nevada woman as Lisa Weiss, a 40-year-old blackjack dealer who claims Weiner used a government phone when they talked.
Separately, conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart today posted additional suggestive photos, including several showing a shirtless Weiner, that Breitbart said were sent to a woman over the past month. It was not clear whether that woman was the one from Nevada or from somewhere else.
Nonetheless, the disclosures blew a hole in Weiner’s contention over the past week that his Twitter account had been hacked and used to send the underpants photo to the Seattle woman.
Weiner at his press conference said he had "inappropriate" exchanges with six women before and "some, sadly, after" he married Huma Abedin last July. Abedin is an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"This was a very dumb thing to do," said Weiner, a Democrat. He added he did not plan to resign from the House, where he has served a New York City district since 1999.