Huma Abedin was 'filled with rage' and 'stunned to the core' when her cheating husband Anthony Weiner confessed to her in 2011 that he accidentally posted a crotch picture in his grey boxers on Twitter, after convincing her for a week that it was 'the work of a hacker'.
Abedin, Hillary Clinton's long-time aide, described their terse exchange in her new memoir Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds. Vogue obtained an excerpt of the book and printed it on Monday.
She was newly pregnant with their son at the time and was traveling frequently with Hillary Clinton, the then Secretary of State.
Weiner accidentally posted the photograph on his feed instead of sending it as a direct message to a woman he'd been flirting with on Twitter.
Huma Abedin and her husband Anthony Weiner in 2013, two years after the crotch picture scandal, when he unsuccessfully ran for Mayor
This is the photo Weiner posted on Twitter accidentally. He intended to send it to a woman as a private message. The unedited version showed the outline of his penis
He first told Abedin that it was 'the work of a hacker', which she believed, then after a week told her what had really happened.
'What’s wrong?” I asked.
'And then, just like that, life as I knew it was officially over. “It’s true,” he said. “I sent the picture....
'I was simultaneously filled with rage and stunned to my core. It felt like a bolt of lightning had struck me and run straight through my body,' she wrote.
'I was simultaneously filled with rage and stunned to my core. It felt like a bolt of lightning had struck me and run straight through my body
At the time, Weiner was a Democratic Congressman for New York. He resigned within a few weeks of the scandal, then ran unsuccessfully for Mayor.
In 2016, DailyMail.com revealed that he had been sending lewd text messages to a 15-year-old girl, that included more explicit photographs.
He served 18 months in prison before being released from jail in 2019.
Abedin announced in 2016 that she planned to separate from him but the pair are yet to finalize their divorce.
In her memoir, Abedin told how she'd been traveling with Clinton and was staying at Buckingham Palace in the weeks before the crotch picture scandal erupted.
She had just discovered she was pregnant and wrote a letter to Weiner from the room where she was staying at the palace, saying: 'Dear Anthony – Is it possible for any two people to be happier or more blessed? Some days, I cannot believe it.
'We must remember to be grateful to God that He has given us so much. I love you. Huma Weiner, May 24, 2011.'
The 2011 scandal didn't deter Weiner from sending more explicit photos later. In 2016, DailyMail.com revealed his inappropriate exchanges with a 15-year-old girl
When the scandal exploded, Abedin said she was most upset when she learned The New York Times planned to report on her pregnancy.
She said she went into Clinton's office and sobbed.
'“I wanted to tell you myself,” was all I could get out before I burst into tears.
'She walked me over to the window seat, sat with me, rubbing my back, trying to reassure me, telling me over and over again that it was going to be okay. I was crying so loudly that her assistant Claire Coleman closed the door to the outer office...
'After I don’t know how long, when I caught my breath, HRC asked, “Do you still want to go on this trip?”
“I think it’s important for me to do my work,” I said, blowing my nose.
“I think it would be good for you to go too,” she said,' writes Abedin.
Abedin stuck by Weiner. The pair are shown last year in New York City. She announced in 2016 that she planned to separate from him, but the pair have not finalized their divorce
Huma is still close with Clinton. They are shown in the Hamptons earlier this year
She went on the trip with Clinton and was stunned when she was told by a White House staffer that President Obama wanted to talk to her.
'A phone call with the president of the United States to talk about my personal humiliation? It was more than I could bear. “Please just tell him I am so sorry for embarrassing the administration.”' Abedin wrote.
She then said she 'didn't recognize' the man who wrote the tweet.
'I did not know that Anthony. The Anthony I knew was so many things, but not that.'
Once in 'the Emirates', she went to her hotel room to find her mother and brother waiting. 'Hillary' had arranged for them to be there, she said.
'HRC and Cheryl joined us after a while, and the conversation turned toward the baby, my maternal health, and plans for the future. One where Anthony’s place was uncertain,' she wrote.