By Jonathan Easley - 07/23/13 09:57 PM EDT
Anthony Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, spoke out in defense of her husband during a tense press conference on Tuesday, as the embattled former congressman addressed new allegations that he sent sexually explicit messages to young women on the Internet.
“This is the first time I've spoken at a press conference, and you'll have to bear with me because I'm very nervous,” Abedin said to reporters who had packed into a small room for the press conference.
“Anthony has made some horrible mistakes, both before he resigned from Congress and after,” she continued. “But I do strongly believe that is between us … we discussed all of this before Anthony decided to run for mayor … I love him; I have forgiven him; I believe in him … and we are moving forward.”
Abedin stood by Weiner as the New York City mayoral candidate apologized again for the “destructive” behavior that led him to resign from Congress two years ago.
“Our marriage … has had its ups and downs," she said. "It took a lot of work and a lot of therapy to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony. It was not an easy choice … but I made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage. … I didn’t know how it would work out, but I did know that I wanted to give it a try.”
On Tuesday, Weiner admitted to sending additional “sexting” messages well after the 2011 scandal drove him from office. At the Tuesday press conference, Weiner admitted for the first time that “some of these things happened before my resignation, some of them after."
Weiner reportedly sent the texts to a young woman in 2012 using an alias, “Carlos Danger,” to hide his identity.
In the texts, Weiner — who has been in the lead in some New York City mayoral polls — exchanged sexual photos and messages, as first reported by the gossip website Thedirty.com.
“I have said that other texting photos might come out, and today they have,” Weiner said, speaking next to Abedin at the hastily arranged press conference. “These things were wrong and hurtful to my wife.”
Weiner did not give a detailed timeline of when the inappropriate messaging ended, but on Tuesday said it was “entirely behind” him when he decided to run for mayor. He said he has been “more than honest” with Abedin about the timeline of events.