NEW YORK — New York City mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner admitted yesterday to sending additional explicit photos and texts to a woman he met online — an exchange she says began more than a year after he resigned from Congress for similar behavior.
The allegation could severely test voters’ willingness to forgive Weiner, who has said he spent the two years since the scandal trying to make things right with his wife and earn redemption.
Weiner, who resigned his House seat in June 2011 after acknowledging having sexual conversations with at least a half-dozen women, has been near the top of most mayoral polls since his late entry into the race this spring.
The newly revealed correspondence was posted Monday by the gossip website The Dirty. The woman involved was not identified.
“I said that other texts and photos were likely to come out and today they have,” Weiner said in a statement issued by his campaign. “I want to again say that I am very sorry to anyone who was on the receiving end of these messages and the disruption this has caused.”
The 48-year-old Democrat did not say when the exchanges occurred, but he said his behavior created “challenges in our marriage that extended past my resignation.”
From the beginning of his mayoral bid, Weiner has said that he learned from his mistakes and that his wife — Huma Abedin, a longtime adviser to Hillary Rodham Clinton — was the driving force behind his comeback attempt.
The woman involved in the newly revealed correspondence told The Dirty she was 22 when she began chatting with Weiner on the social networking site Formspring. She said their online relationship began in July 2012 and lasted for six months.
She claimed Weiner used the alias “Carlos Danger” for their exchanges, promised to help her get a job at the political website Politico and suggested meeting in a Chicago condo for a tryst.