Ex-US Rep. Anthony Weiner pleads guilty in sexting case

"I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse", CNN quoted Wiener as saying. The divorce action, labeled "anonymous versus anonymous", was filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the Associated Press reported.

In the courtroom, a tearful Weiner read a statement: "I accept full responsibility for my conduct". "Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life".

Weiner, who represented NY in Congress from 1999 to 2011, resigned after revelations that he was sending sexually explicit messages to multiple women. "These destructive impulses brought great devastation to my family and friends and destroyed my life's dream in public service".

In 2013, he became involved in yet another sexting scandal while he was running for mayor of New York City.

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He told the court that this fall he "came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness". "I apologise to everyone I have hurt".

In a statement, attorney Arlo Devlin-Brown said his client had "apologized, offered no excuses and made a commitment to make amends". Authorities have been investigating reports that Weiner, 52, sent explicit messages past year to a teenage girl in North Carolina. Trump and other Republicans accused her of endangering national security by exposing classified information to potential hacking.

Weiner faces 21 to 27 months in prison, and will be required to register as a sex offender under the plea deal.

Abedin, a top aide to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, was not present at Friday's hearing. On the laptop, agents discovered numerous emails that Clinton had sent to Abedin, prompting an announcement from then-FBI Director James Comey in the days leading up to the presidential election that the agency was reopening its investigation into Clinton's emails.

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The charge carries a potential sentence of up to 10 years in prison, but could involve no jail time depending on the determination of a judge.

Comey then announced that no charges would be brought in the case.

Trump fired Comey days later amid the FBI's probe into whether Trump's campaign colluded with Russian Federation to defeat Clinton, an allegation he has vehemently denied.

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