Scorned former U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner has become known for his sexting addiction and scandals rather than his politics. He is trying to put his shameful past behind him as he reportedly checks into rehab for sex addiction.
The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday, November 2 that Weiner had checked into an undisclosed treatment facility that helps treat both sex addiction and cybersex addiction. The British newspaper reported that the facility prohibits the use of cell phones and other electronic devices. The clinic also keeps women and men separate and touches upon a wide variety of sexual addictions, including (but not limited to) cybersex, exhibitionism, and anonymous sex.
Weiner will specifically learn how sexting has ruined his personal life and career, according to Manhattan-based psychotherapist Jonathan Alpert, who is not treating Weiner for sex addiction.
“With Weiner, it has ruined his career, his relationship and likely has impacted his election – and just, of course, the public humiliation,” Alpert revealed to the Daily News on Thursday, November 3.
The treatment will also take a look at the underlying cause of Weiner’s sex addiction and past sexual actions, added Alpert.
“It could be abuse; it could be more of an addiction where people derive a high and they seek out more and more of the substance, so to speak. So not too different from a drug, where the more you use, the more you need.”
Reuters, however, could not confirm whether Weiner has checked into the facility. In addition, neither Weiner or his rep could be reached for comment. This comes after the news that federal prosecutors and the New York police announced they were investigating Weiner last month following a separate report via the Daily Mail about him sexting and sending lewd photos to a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina.
That teen wrote an open letter to FBI director James B. Comey on Wednesday, November 2, on the same day Weiner allegedly entered rehab. In the letter, which was posted on Buzzfeed News in full, the now 16-year-old teenage girl accused Comey of victimizing her, according to Us Weekly.
“I am the 15-year-old (now 16) who was the victim of Anthony Weiner,” she wrote in the letter. “I now add you to the list of people who have victimized me. I told my story originally to protect other young girls that might be a victim of online predators.”
The unidentified teen said she had undergone a seven-hour interview with local FBI agents about the case when she and her family learned about the renewed interest in the scandal after a reporter had asked for a statement. She accused Comey of reopening the case during the election in order to generate interest in the media.
The 52-year-old politician did not respond to the comments on the texting report, but he told the Associated Press that he had “likely been the subject of a hoax.” This also comes after Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Clinton’s top aides, announced in August that she was separating from her husband after another sexting scandal.
Abedin’s announcement came after a New York Post report revealed that Weiner had sent photos of his shirtless self and boxer-clad genitals while he was in bed with their toddler son to another woman via Twitter.
— New York Post (@nypost) October 29, 2016
Weiner was once a popular and well-liked congressman among liberals and progressives. That all changed suddenly in 2011 when he resigned after he accidentally sent a lewd photo via Twitter. During his first scandal in 2011, Weiner took two weeks’ paid leave from the House of Representatives for “professional treatment” and to become “a better husband and healthier person.” He later admitted to the New York Post that he never sought treatment for his sexting addiction.
“I didn’t go to rehab anywhere. A couple of days ago I worked with a therapist in Texas I was referred to. Two days, twice, for a total of four days. Or, it might have been three.”
Two years later, Weiner returned and campaigned for New York city mayor until explicit photos he sent to a young woman in Indiana under the pseudonym “Carlos Danger” surfaced. Some media outlets have dubbed Weiner’s entrance into rehab as a “stunt.” Some even argue if sex addiction is an actual addiction. To some, it looks like the former politician wants to clean up his act and get his life together. Skeptics think he is trying to avoid any potential prosecution for allegedly sexting a minor.
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