×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Anthony Weiner Sentenced to 21 Months in Sexting Case

Anthony Weiner, the former New York congressman and husband of Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, was sentenced to 21 months in prison for “sexting” a teenage girl.

The Associated Press reported that Weiner must report to prison on Nov. 6.

Weiner’s case got enmeshed in the closing days of the 2016 presidential race, when then-FBI Director James Comey announced that he was re-opening the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server after federal investigators found some of her emails on a laptop used by Weiner. As it turned out, none of the emails were new to the case.

In court, Weiner wept as the sentence was read, according to the AP. He earlier read a statement in which he said that he was a “very sick man for a long time.”

Weiner’s sexting was first exposed in 2011, when a photo appeared on his Twitter account of the crotch of a man in his underwear, and it is reported on by Andrew Breitbart. Weiner at first said that his account had been hacked, but later admitted that he sent the photo and that he had engaged in other instances of “sexting.” He later resigned from Congress.

He attempted a comeback in 2013, when he announced a run for mayor of New York. But more instances of sexting surfaced, after his resignation from Congress, and he quickly fell in the polls. His mayoral bit was later chronicled in the documentary “Weiner.”

Popular on Variety

More Politics

  • Elizabeth Warren Taylor Swift

    Elizabeth Warren Backs Taylor Swift in Big Machine Battle, Slams Private Equity Firms

    Taylor Swift’s battle with Big Machine has spilled into the political arena. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren retweeted Swift’s Thursday message about her former record label preventing her from performing her old hits at the American Music Awards, adding that Swift is “one of many whose work as been threatened by a private equity firm.” [...]

  • Adam Schiff

    Adam Schiff Slams 'That Charlatan in the White House'

    Adam Schiff was greeted as a hero at the state party convention in Long Beach on Saturday morning, as he urged California Democrats to help defeat “that charlatan in the White House.” Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, appeared at the convention after leading the opening week of impeachment hearings against President Trump. He [...]

  • Roger Stone

    Roger Stone, Trump Ally, Found Guilty of Lying to Congress, Witness Tampering

    Roger Stone was found guilty on Friday in his false statements and obstruction trial. He faces up to 20 years in prison. The political operative and long-time confidant of President Donald Trump was convicted by a federal jury in Washington, D.C., of all seven counts against him, including witness tampering and making false statements. After [...]

  • Marie Yovanovitch

    Trump Attacks Former Ukraine Ambassador During Impeachment Testimony

    President Donald Trump lashed out at the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine as she testified on Friday morning in the House impeachment hearings. Marie Yovanovitch, who was removed from her post in May, testified that foreign policy toward Ukraine had come under the sway of foreign corrupt interests. She said she felt personally threatened by [...]

  • Career Foreign Service officer George Kent,

    TV Ratings: Fox News, ABC Draw Big Impeachment Numbers

    The first day of the impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump drew over 13 million total viewers across the broadcast and news networks combined. Fox News’s coverage from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. drew the highest total viewership of any network, averaging around 2.9 million sets of eyeballs. MSNBC followed in second with 2.7 million [...]

  • Career Foreign Service officer George Kent

    Impeachment Hearings: Bill Taylor Testifies About 'Alarm' Regarding Ukraine Aid

    Bill Taylor, the top U.S. diplomat in Ukraine, testified on Wednesday that he became increasingly alarmed as it became clear that U.S. military aid was conditioned on launching investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden and the 2016 election. Taylor and George Kent, the deputy assistant secretary of state, were the first witnesses called to [...]

  • Patrick Whitesell and Ari Emanuel WME

    Endeavor PAC Goes Quiet as Candidates Reject Corporate Cash

    In February 2017, Hollywood was gripped by a spirit of resistance to the Trump administration. Endeavor bosses Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell pledged to do their part to fight back by organizing a political action committee. The committee, Endeavor Action, took in almost $300,000 in 2017 and 2018, and distributed about half that money to [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content