June 16, 2011 / 1:56 PM / 8 years ago

Anthony Weiner resigns over lewd photo scandal

U.S. Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) reacts as he speaks to the press in New York, June 6, 2011. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Representative Anthony Weiner resigned Thursday over a weeks-long Internet sex scandal, succumbing to bipartisan calls for him to step down.

Weiner denied for more than a week that he sent a photo of himself in boxer briefs to a woman in Seattle on May 28, claiming his Twitter account had been hacked. But on June 6, he tearfully admitted he had lied and that he had inappropriate exchanges with six women, some after he was married.

Weiner, 46, a Democrat from New York, has been married less than a year to Huma Abedin, 35, an aide to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Former President Bill Clinton officiated at their wedding last July.

Reporting by Michelle Nichols, editing by Anthony Boadle

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