Anthony Weiner Checks Into Treatment Center Amid Lewd Photo Scandal
It's been quite a week for Anthony Weiner.
Five days after the New York congressman admitted that he publicly lied about accidentally posting a lewd photo of himself on Twitter, the politician has checked into a treatment facility to seek professional help.
"Congressman Weiner departed this morning to seek professional treatment to focus on becoming a better husband and healthier person," Weiner's spokeswoman, Risa Heller, tells Us Weekly in a statement. "In light of that, he will request a short leave of absence from the House of Representatives so that he can get evaluated and map out a course of treatment to make himself well.
"Congressman Weiner takes the views of his colleagues very seriously and has determined that he needs this time to get healthy and make the best decision possible for himself, his family and his constituents."
Weiner's treatment plan fell into place after House Democratic leaders, including minority leader Nancy Pelosi, called for his resignation and suggested he seek psychiatric counseling.
Pelosi's stance was echoed by the chairman of the Democratic National Committee, Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz. "The behavior he has exhibited is indefensible and Rep. Weiner's continued service in Congress is untenable," Wasserman Schultz said in a statement.
Owning up to his actions June 6, Weiner, 46, said he was "deeply ashamed" of posting a photo of his bulging crotch -- intended to be a direct message -- to his public feed. After deleting the image, Weiner claimed his account was hacked and hired a lawyer to investigate.
Despite the scandal, Weiner has no plans to split with his wife, Huma Abedin, who, multiple sources tell The Times, is pregnant with their first child. "I love my wife very much," Weiner said. "We've been through a great deal together and will weather this."