After news that Anthony Weiner has once again been caught in an extramarital sexting scandal, his wife and top Clinton aide Huma Abedin has announced she will be separating from him. Abedin made the announcement in a statement Monday.
"After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband," the statement reads. "Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy."
Her statement comes a day after the New York Post released photos and texts between Weiner and an anonymous woman, which included sexually suggestive pictures and text messages. In one exchange, Weiner took a photo of himself in his boxers next to his and Abedin's toddler son, writing, "Someone just climbed into my bed." According to the Post, Weiner had been texting the woman from late January 2015 up until earlier this month.
The former New York congressman has repeatedly made headlines for his sexting scandals, having first been disgraced after accidentally publicly tweeting an explicit photo intended for another woman, leading to his resignation from Congress in 2011. He then was caught sexting three other women under the name "Carlos Danger," tanking his New York mayoral run in 2013, which was also chronicled in the documentary Weiner.
According to Politico, Abedin's marriage has served as fuel for Donald Trump, who has suggested that her marriage to Weiner could compromise national security.
"I don't like Huma going home at night and telling Anthony Weiner all of these secrets," the Republican nominee said at a campaign event in July, after calling Weiner a "sleazebag and a pervert."
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