NEW YORK (AP) — Disgraced former congressman Anthony Weiner acknowledges he communicated online with a teenage girl but says he’s also been the subject of a hoax.
An online news outlet published an interview with a 15-year-old girl who says she exchanged sexually charged messages with Weiner.
The girl told DailyMail.com the online text and video exchanges went on for several months this year. She says they included Skype chats in which Weiner asked her to undress and touch herself.
Weiner on Wednesday gave The Associated Press an email supposedly written by the girl to her teacher, in which she recants her story. But Weiner says he has “repeatedly demonstrated terrible judgment” about the people with whom he communicates online.
The Democrat resigned from Congress in 2011 over a sexting scandal.
Weiner declined to comment on the specifics of the allegations to the Daily Mail, but provided copies of two emails the girl sent him that he contends raised questions about her claims, along with this statement:
I have repeatedly demonstrated terrible judgement about the people I have communicated with online and the things I have sent.
I am filled with regret and heartbroken for those I have hurt.
While I have provided the Daily Mail with information showing that I have likely been the subject of a hoax, I have no one to blame but me for putting myself in this position.
I am sorry.