Gossip website TheDirty.com claims to have acquired more sexually explicit online chats between Anthony Weiner and a young woman — chats that the site claims took place after Weiner resigned from Congress in disgrace in 2011. The site claims Weiner used the laughable name "Carlos Danger" in some of his messages and sent sexually-charged messages as late as last summer. The Atlantic Wire called the Weiner campaign for comment; we're awaiting a response.
In three posts, the site shares screenshots from chats allegedly involving Weiner. One is from Facebook, with Weiner asking the unidentified woman to delete her chats. Another contains chats from Formspring.com in which a user named "Dangr33" makes sexually explicit comments. The third includes a Facebook message checking in after "the onslaught" to see if "we are ok." That post also includes a censored photograph purportedly including Weiner's penis.
Here's what we know about this mystery person, whom The Dirty refers to as a "young female girl." The site says that she and Weiner had a relationship for six months; in a statement, she says she was 22 at the time. That relationship, the site claims, was primarily centered around phone sex — they spoke "daily multiple times a day." At one point, Weiner offers to propose that she be included in a panel of bloggers organized by Politico, implying she works in media. (Politico's events page doesn't include any such panel.) Her Formspring account name appears to start with an "s" and end with an "o." Not much to go on.
There are several reasons to be skeptical of the claim that this was a relationship that happened after Weiner's behavior became public — if it happened at all. None of the screenshots include information about the date, but only the time of day. The only mention of the scandal involving Weiner, from that third message, seems to clearly indicate that Weiner and the recipient of the message knew each other before the scandal became public. The Dirty indicates that Weiner contacted her last August to help her get a condo in Chicago, but it's, again, not clear how that timeline lined up with the explicit relationship. If any: The explicit messages are all from the "Carlos Danger" account.
As BuzzFeed notes in its story, the site is has been sued for unverified allegations involving celebrities, though it identified and published illicit conversations verified as being from Ben Quayle, son of the former vice president.
Anthony Weiner's current campaign for mayor of New York City has been largely predicated on asking city residents whether or not he deserves the benefit of the doubt. In an interview with The New York Times in April, he said:
"I want to ask people to give me a second chance. I do want to have that conversation with people whom I let down and with people who put their faith in me and who wanted to support me. I think to some degree I do want to say to them, 'Give me another chance.'"
Whether or not he gets the benefit of the doubt in this case could decide if he gets that chance. It could be the point on which his future ambitions hinge.
- Anthony Weiner