(JTA) — U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner acknowledged inappropriate Internet relationships with at least six women but said he would not resign or split up with his wife.
Weiner (D-N.Y.) said he had lied last week when he denied sending a lewd underwear photo to a 21-year-old college student over Twitter and claimed that his account had been hacked.
"I’ve brought pain to people I care about the most and people who believe in me," Weiner said at a news conference Monday in New York. "I apologize to my wife and family. I apologize to my friends and supporters."
Weiner, who is Jewish and an ardent pro-Israel lawmaker, said none of the relationships had ever become physical, nor had he met any of the women.
In saying he would not resign, Weiner said, "Nothing about this should reflect in any way on my official duties or on my oath of office."
He is married to Huma Abedin, a top aide to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.