Huma Abedin Announces Separation from Husband Anthony Weiner After His Latest Sexting Scandal

Huma Abedin (L) and Anthony Weiner attend the 12th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 2, 2015 in New York City. Photo by: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images
Huma Abedin (L) and Anthony Weiner attend the 12th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on November 2, 2015 in New York City. Photo by: Dennis Van Tine/Geisler-Fotopres/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images

Hillary Clinton’s longtime aide Huma Abedin will separate from her husband, disgraced former New York congressman Anthony Weiner, following a report in the New York Post suggesting he had fallen back into his sexting habit.

“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” Abedin said in a statement. “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.”

The report in The Post, which included conversations and photos that the paper said Weiner swapped with a 40-something Trump supporter while his wife Abedin was on the campaign trail, was published Sunday. And on Monday morning, Weiner’s public Twitter profile was gone.

NBC News has not verified the reporting in The Post.

The Post report said that after Weiner sent the picture that included his son, wrapped up in a blanket next to him in bed, he briefly panicked that he had posted the picture publicly. “Ooooooh . . . I was scared. For half a second I thought I posted something,” Weiner reportedly wrote to the woman.

The woman handed over the conversations and photos to The Post under the condition that she not be identified, according to the report. She told the paper that she started chatting with Weiner over the internet in January 2015.

Weiner told The Post that he and the woman “have been friends for some time.”

“She has asked me not to comment except to say that our conversations were private, often included pictures of her nieces and nephews and my son and were always appropriate,” Weiner told the paper.

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SOURCE: NBC News – MONICA ALBA and ELISHA FIELDSTADT

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