Published: Fri, June 02, 2017
World Media | By Joan Schultz

Huma Abedin files for divorce after husband's guilty plea

Anthony Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, finally filed for divorce on Friday.

The oft-disgraced Congressman appeared before the judge Friday in NYC and was charged with transferring obscene material to a minor. "I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse".

A spokesman for the law firm representing Weiner, Covington & Burling, said he would plead guilty on Friday morning but offered no further details. "I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse", he said, via ABC News.

"These destructive impulses brought great devastation to family and friends, and destroyed my life's dream of public service", he said in his plea statement.

Weiner apologized to "everyone I have hurt", including the girl he "mistreated so badly".

The ex-congressman could face up 10 years in prison, but prosecutors predict he'll be sentenced to 21-27 months. "Yet I remained in denial even as the world around me fell apart".

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Weiner was released on bail and will be sentenced on September 8. "I entered intensive treatment, found the courage to take a moral inventory of my defects, and began a program of recovery and mental health treatment that I continue to follow every day".

The Democrat will appear in court at 11 a.m., the USA attorney's office in Manhattan said. Authorities have been investigating reports that Weiner, 52, sent explicit messages previous year to a teenage girl in North Carolina.

While running for New York City mayor in 2013, more messages surfaced, burying his attempt to resurrect his political career. She said that Weiner, then 51, carried out a monthslong sexually explicit conversation with her in which he asked her to undress and sent her semiclothed photos of himself.

The investigation led FBI agents to seize his laptop computer, which led to the discovery of a new cache of emails that Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton had sent to Abedin.

Shortly before the election, then-FBI Director James Comey announced that the newly discovered emails needed to be examined, as part of the investigation of Clinton's use of a private email server. His failed mayoral bid was the subject of the documentary "Weiner".

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