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Anthony Weiner's Lawyers Question Motivation of Sexting Victim

16 September 2017

The teen, whom Weiner's lawyers only refer to as Jane Doe, or JD, first contacted him on January 23, 2016, while Weiner was "laid up in his apartment by a record-setting blizzard in Manhattan", his lawyers said.

Disgraced former Democrat Rep. Anthony Weiner's lawyer told a court today that Weiner is not at fault for sexting with a 15-year-old female in North Carolina because she wanted to affect the 2016 presidential election.

While Weiner's letter grapples with making amends for a compulsion that he describes as destroying his marriage and endangering the wellbeing of a 15-year-old girl, the memo from Devlin-Brown introduces new villains. The girl at the center of the controversy was seeking "somehow to influence the US presidential election, in addition to securing personal profit", his lawyers argue, and the girl is now seeking a book deal related to her experience. They appeared together in divorce court on Wednesday.

In a letter to the court obtained by the New York Times, Weiner asked Judge Denise Cote to spare him a prison sentence.

Reports of the federal investigation into Weiner's illicit texts surfaced a year ago after DailyMail.com reported that he had engaged in a lewd online relationship with the girl.

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In May, Weiner pleaded guilty to the charge, which could carry a prison sentence of up to ten years.

Weiner's sentencing submission included a personal history of his behavior. The investigation uncovered emails on his laptop from his wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to the former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, prompting the FBI to reopen its inquiry into Mrs Clinton's use of a private email server while she was U.S. secretary of state.

In his letter, Weiner acknowledged his regret for his "profound" crime.

According to the New York Times, the memo submitted Wednesday by Weiner's lawyers Arlo Devlin-Brown and Erin Monju claims that the teenage girl at the center of the case received $30,000 for sharing her story with the Daily Mail.

"To be clear: that JD was trying to induce Anthony to behave badly so she could profit from it does not excuse Anthony, who never should have responded", the memo states. "I am devastated by Anthony's actions, and I understand he must face their consequences", Abedin wrote.

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"This is not a letter I ever imagined I would write, but, with Anthony, I have repeatedly found myself in circumstances I never imagined", Abedin wrote in her letter, the public version of which was heavily redacted.

When his laptop was seized by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, it was discovered Ms Abedin had used it to send thousands of emails to Mrs Clinton's private account.

But when BuzzFeed News spoke with them before the election, both she and her father said they did not support Donald Trump.

Weiner was a promising politician from NY until he was forced to resign his seat in Congress in 2011 after it was revealed that he had been sending sexual messages and photos to numerous women, including a college student and a Las Vegas blackjack dealer.

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Anthony Weiner's Lawyers Question Motivation of Sexting Victim