Clinton aide to divorce Weiner over sexting incident
HUMA Abedin, a close aide to presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, announced on Augut 29 that she was separating from husband Anthony Weiner following new revelations that he “sexted” another woman.
The New York Post published photographs and messages that the former congressman exchanged with a woman showing him shirtless and in bulging briefs with his four-year-old son asleep by his side.
“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” Ms Abedin, 40, said in a statement.
Mr Weiner was forced to resign his seat in Congress in 2011 after a similar sexting scandal in which he admitted to exchanging sexually explicit pictures and messages with at least six women.
Two years later, he ran for mayor of New York but the bid was derailed by allegations that he continued sexting under the name “Carlos Danger”.
The latest revelations come in the midst of Ms Clinton’s duel with Donald Trump for the White House, and the Republican presidential candidate wasted no time seizing on the announcement to attack his rival.
While calling Ms Abedin’s move “a very wise decision”, he questioned Ms Clinton’s judgement “in allowing Weiner to have such close proximity to highly classified information”.