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Anthony Weiner Blames Legal Woes on Untreated Addiction, Victim

  • Weiner admitted sending explicit messages to 15-year-old girl
  • Investigation of ex-congressman affected presidential campaign
Anthony Weiner

Anthony Weiner

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Anthony Weiner, the former congressman and New York mayoral candidate whose career and personal life were wrecked in a series of sexting scandals, blamed a “deep sickness” combined with the “profit-seeking curiosity” of his 15-year-old victim for his legal troubles, as he asked a judge for leniency when he’s sentenced later this month.

Weiner pleaded guilty in May to sending sexually explicit messages to the North Carolina girl, admitting to a single criminal count of transmitting obscene material to a minor. The guilty plea capped a stunning downfall that played a major role in the final days of the 2016 presidential election.