According to a Politico report on Thursday, Sydney Leathers – the 23-year-old woman from Mount Carmel, Illinois who was on the other side of New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner’s latest-revealed sexting scandal – has spoken out about the online and telephone affair.
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She told television program “Inside Edition” that she felt manipulated by the Anthony Weiner – who she referred to as a perpetually horny middle-aged man. According to Leathers, she believed that Weiner was saying one thing to her, another thing to his wife – Huma Abedin – and yet another thing to persons who were giving him the time of day on his latest campaign trail.
She claims that Anthony Weiner sent her two very explicit text messages of a sexual nature – often referred to as sexting in current times. She said that their sexting relationship became more intense via phone calls – in which she said she and Weiner had phone sex at least twice a week. In time, she claims, the relationship started to wear off and she thought it was over jealousy regarding minor things in their relationship. She said she had no reason to think that the relationship headed south due to Weiner’s fear of destroying his mayoral campaign or fear of destroying his reputation again.
In the thick of the relationship, the two had told one another that they love each other, according to Leathers. She also claims she was told that he would provide her with a condo in Chicago and help her get a job at Politico – a political news web site.
Leathers said that Weiner was making campaign promises that he had totally changed and that he was a better man. But while he claimed he had learned from his past mistakes, she said that she is proof that it is not true at all. She concluded by saying that the former United States Congressman, Weiner, is responsible for his downfall. She said she is sickened by him and that his is not the man she thought he was.
Ironically, Leathers and Weiner first met online through a Facebook message Leathers sent him. The message criticized Weiner for the sexting scandal he was engaged in in 2011 when he ultimately resigned from the United States Congress. It was a year after that that she was contacted by Weiner via a “poke” which is something a person can click on to basically say “hello” and nothing more. After she responded to the “poke,” she says Weiner made their conversations sexual in nature very quickly.
Last March, according to Leathers, Weiner texted her and asked her to erase all of their communications. She said it was obvious to her that he wanted the proof of their relationship gone because it was when he was announcing that he was running for mayor of New York.
In the interview, Leathers revealed she is a political “junkie” who is majority in political science. She also claims she feels bad about the relationship and wants to apologize to Weiner’s wife.