HIDE THE WEINER

Self-ex­posed pol now de­mand­ing pri­vacy in Huma-li­at­ing di­vorce case

New York Daily News - - FRONT PAGE - BY CHELSIA ROSE MARCIUS, VIC­TO­RIA BEKIEMPIS and STEPHEN REX BROWN

ANTHONY WEINER ex­posed him­self to the world — but is fight­ing to keep his di­vorce pro­ceed­ings from Huma Abe­din hid­den.

The 53-year-old pervy sex­ter and Abe­din, a top aide to Hil­lary Clin­ton, sat to­gether in court — chat­ting and oc­ca­sion­ally smil­ing — while their lawyers met with Man­hat­tan Supreme Court Jus­tice Michael Katz on Wed­nes­day.

The cou­ple want their di­vorce des­ig­nated as Anony­mous vs. Anony­mous — to make the case some­what more dif­fi­cult to track.

Why the sud­den pri­vacy re­quest from the much-pub­li­cized cou­ple? They say it’s for their 5-year-old son, Jor­dan.

“Be­cause there is a child in­volved, we’d like to keep th­ese pro­ceed­ings se­cret to the ex­tent your honor will al­low,” Abe­din’s at­tor­ney Amy Done­hower said.

The judge ac­knowl­edged the press in the court­room.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate the par­ties’ re­quest to keep this quiet as pos­si­ble. As a prac­ti­cal mat­ter, de­spite your at­tempt keep this anony­mous, it does not ap­pear to be anony­mous,” Katz said.

He told them he would rule on their re­quest at a later date.

“I was glad to hear from them that you are will­ing to re­solve this am­i­ca­bly,” Katz said af­ter meet­ing with the cou­ples’ at­tor­neys. “I cer­tainly would en­cour­age you to try to work out a plan to­gether with your at­tor­neys’ as­sis­tance. It cer­tainly would be bet­ter for your son if you could do that. It cer­tainly would save you a lot of stress.

“Hope­fully the fi­nan­cials can be worked out,” he added, with­out go­ing into de­tail.

Weiner, wear­ing a light gray blazer, pur­ple tie and dark blue pants, poured his es­tranged wife a cup of wa­ter dur­ing the pro­ceed­ings. She sported gray high heels, a black pen­cil skirt and fit­ted black jacket.

Abe­din, 41, made no com­ment to re­porters. Weiner, asked if he was feel­ing OK, replied, “Thank you, yes. Bless you guys.”

The cou­ple left court to­gether in a black Toy­ota SUV.

The dis­graced for­mer Demo­cratic con­gress­man and erst­while “Car­los Dan­ger” pleaded guilty on May 19 to trans­mit­ting ob­scene ma­te­rial to a mi­nor.

Abe­din filed for di­vorce from her cy­bercheat­ing hubby the same day he copped to his sick ex­changes with a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina.

One such mes­sage from Weiner, then us­ing the han­dle “T Dog,” in­cluded a shirt­less photo that showed his young son ly­ing be­side him in bed.

Weiner faces 21 to 27 months in prison at his Sept. 25 sen­tenc­ing. He will spend the rest of his life as a reg­is­tered sex of­fender.

Ex­perts say this will cre­ate an up­hill bat­tle if Weiner moves to share cus­tody of his son af­ter his re­lease.

The one-time may­oral hope­ful’s sext ad­dic­tion played a crit­i­cal role in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion. FBI agents dis­cov­ered emails from Clin­ton on Weiner’s con­fis­cated lap­top while prob­ing his per­verse con­ver­sa­tions with the un­der­age girl.

Then-FBI Di­rec­tor James Comey pub­licly re­vealed the dis­cov­ery — which prompted in­ves­ti­ga­tors to re­open an in­quiry into Clin­ton’s pri­vate email server — just days be­fore the elec­tion.

In Clin­ton’s new book about her failed cam­paign, she writes that Abe­din ap­peared “stricken” upon learn­ing that Comey’s move was in­spired by the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into her hus­band.

“This man will be the death of me!” Abe­din said while “burst­ing into tears,” Clin­ton wrote.

The cou­ple would have cel­e­brated their sev­enth wed­ding an­niver­sary on July 10.

Dis­graced pol Anthony Weiner and soon-to-be ex-wife Huma Abe­din in court Wed­nes­day as they asked for di­vorce pro­ceed­ings to be sealed so their son will be pro­tected.

Anthony goes from “T-Dog” sex­ter to hang­dog mope star­ing at Huma Abe­din dur­ing Man­hat­tan di­vorce court ap­pear­ance Wed­nes­day.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.