Anthony Weiner's Women Speak Out
They're the women who carried on secret online relationships with Anthony Weiner, and they're finally speaking out.
Megan Broussard is a 26-year-old single mom from Texas, Lisa Weiss is a 40-year-old-blackjack dealer, and Ginger Lee is a former porn star. They are just three of the women whom Weiner sent explicit pictures to.
Broussard told ABC News that she first contacted Weiner via Facebook, when she wrote "hotttt" on his page. She never expected that a flirtatious relationship would follow suit. According to Broussard, the courtship with Weiner lasted until just last week. They constantly traded pictures with one another: Broussard posed for sultry shots, while Weiner sent the now-infamous bare-chested picture.
"I was like, wow, because I could see the background. Anyone can zoom into that," Broussard recalled.
Perhaps more disturbing is the fact that in the image, shots of Weiner's wife are clearly visible. Weiner had been married less than a month when he and the blackjack dealer Weiss started their raunchy online relationship.
Their Facebook exchanges are so tawdry that most can't be shown on TV. In one, he said he was a "cape crusader…looking for my sidekick." Weiner went on to say that he was "dying of boredom over here. Plus, my tights really itch, I need a distraction."
Weiss revealed over 200 of such messages to Star magazine. Dylan Howard, Star's executive editor said: "There's no mistaking that messages had a serious sexual overtone about them, they're explicit in nature, and quite clearly, this was a deep and meaningful cybersex relationship."
The former porn star, Ginger Lee, says she and Weiner reportedly exchanged sexual emails for quite some time. But behind the scenes, Lee says Weiner was urging her to come forward and lie to the media. He sent her a message, suggesting she say: "I have never met Rep. Weiner and he has never sent me anything innappropriate (sic)." Weiner even recommended to Lee that she add some southern charm to her statement, encouraging her to "maybe insert some y'alls in there."
INSIDE EDITION sat down with conservative blogger and author of Righteous Indignation, Andrew Breitbart, to discuss the incident. Breitbart is the journalist responsible for breaking the story with the release of Weiner's underwear photo. "His aesthetic, his mentality, reminds me less of Congress than it does of the Jersey shore," he said. "What I see in the photos is pure narcissism."
So why would this rising political star risk everything?
Psychologist Jeff Gardere says that "Congressman Weiner appears to me from early pictures that he was that classic nerd, a really smart guy but maybe not the most popular as far as looks. We may see him as successful, but he still sees himself as that nerd and needs that constant validation from women on the Internet."
"He was eager to hear about if I wanted him, or thought he was attractive," Broussard told ABC News. So does she want him to resign? "No, I don't care," she said.
While we may never know what motivated Weiner, the nation is abuzz with discussion about the scandal.