Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin announced Monday she is separating from her husband, former Rep. Anthony Weiner, after a report emerged that he was involved in a new sexting scandal, NBC News reported.
Abedin said in a statement that she made the decision “after long and painful consideration and work on my marriage.”
Earlier Monday, Weiner deleted his Twitter account after the New York Post reported on Sunday that the former New York congressman had sent explicit photos of himself during a months-long online relationship with a woman.
One of the photographs showed Weiner wearing only white boxer briefs as he lay in bed with the couple’s 4-year-old son beside him. The Post reported that the text was sent on July 31 around 3 a.m., but the two had been exchanging photographs for a year.
And, the woman is a Donald Trump supporter.
On August 13, the Post reported that Weiner was baited by a Republican operative who he thought was a young female college student to engage in an online chat.
Weiner was first elected to Congress in 1998. He resigned in 2011 after posting racy photographs of himself on his Twitter account.
In 2013, Weiner ran for mayor of New York City but revelations that he was sexting under the name “Carlos Danger” with another woman derailed his candidacy. A documentary on this failed attempt at a political comeback was released in May.
Abedin and Weiner have been married since 2010.