Well, that was quick. Less than a day after Anthony Weiner was accused of a brand new sexting scandal and less than an hour after I expressed serious doubts over the claims here at The Inquisitr, the former congressman has confirmed that at least some of The Dirty's story is true. Weinergate 2.0 is a real thing, folks.
On Monday, The Dirty posted an exclusive accusing Weiner of trading lewd texts with an anonymous woman a full year after his forced resignation from Congress for the exact same thing.
I criticized the exclusive for trucking in second-hand testimony and failing to actually publish real evidence (aside from a photo of someone's junk), and all of that's still true. But what is also true is the story itself, according to Weiner. I guess it doesn't take much for him to confess.
In a statement to Buzzfeed, Weiner wrote:
"I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out, and today they have. As I have said in the past, these things that I did were wrong and hurtful to my wife and caused us to go through challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation from Congress. While some things that have been posted today are true and some are not, there is no question that what I did was wrong. This behavior is behind me. I've apologized to Huma and am grateful that she has worked through these issues with me and for her forgiveness. I want to again say that I am very sorry to anyone who was on the receiving end of these messages and the disruption that this has caused. As my wife and I have said, we are focused on moving forward."
Weiner's statement doesn't say when the new correspondence took place. It could be that these are all pretty old and that Richie's anonymous source just missed the bus during Weinergate 1.0. Weiner's comment that more photos "were likely to come out" lends to that theory.
I'd like to think that Anthony Weiner learned from his mistakes the first time around, or at least that he isn't stupid enough to make the same mistake while mounting a bid for New York City mayor. He's still near the top of most mayoral polls, after all.