Standing in uneasy spotlight after his Twitter scandal got out of hand, Anthony Wiener made profuse apologies on Monday. The full text of his confession is below:
I would like to take this time to clear up some of the questions that have been raised over the past ten days or so. I take full responsibility for my actions. At the outset, I would like to make it clear that I have made terrible mistakes.
I have hurt the people I care about the most and I am deeply sorry. I have not been honest with myself, my family, my constituents, my friend and supporters and the media.
Last Friday night I tweeted a photo of myself that I intended to send as a direct message as part of a joke to a woman in Seattle.
Once I realized that I had posted it to Twitter I panicked, I took it down and I said that I had been hacked. I then continued with that story, to stick to that story, which was a hugely regrettable mistake.
This woman was unwittingly dragged into this and bears absolutely no responsibility. I am so sorry to have disrupted her life in this way. To be clear, the picture was of me and I sent it.
I am deeply sorry for the pain this has caused my wife Huma, and my family, and my constituents, my friends, supporters and staff.
In addition over the past few years I have engaged in several inappropriate conversations conducted over Twitter, Facebook, email and occasionally on the phone with women I had met online.
I have exchanged messages and photos of an explicit nature with about six women over the past three years.
For the most part these communications took place before my marriage, although some sadly took place after. I have never met any of these women, or ever had physical relationships of any kind.
I haven't told the truth, (breaks down) I have done things that I deeply regret. I brought pain to people I care about the most, to people dear to me, and for that I am deeply sorry.
I apologize to my wife and our families, as well as to our friends and supporters. I am deeply ashamed of my terrible judgment and actions. I would be glad to take any questions.