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Porn actress: Weiner asked me to lie about talks

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A former porn actress who said she exchanged
emails and messages over Twitter with New York Rep. Anthony Weiner
said Wednesday that he asked her to lie about their online
communications.
  
Ginger Lee said she and Weiner exchanged about 100 emails
between March and June, beginning after Lee posted a supportive
statement about the congressman on her blog. She said they mostly
discussed politics, but he would often turn the conversation to
sex.
  
"'I have wardrobe demands too. I need to highlight my
package,"' Weiner wrote Lee, in an email read aloud at the news
conference by Lee's attorney, Gloria Allred.
  
Weiner acknowledged last week that he had sent lewd photos and
texts to women after a photo of his crotch was posted on Twitter.
In an interview two weeks ago, he acknowledged that he had
exchanged messages with Lee but didn't elaborate.
  
Lee said she did not send sexually suggestive messages to
Weiner.
  
"Anytime that he would take our communications in a sexual
direction, I did not reciprocate," she said.
  
Weiner sent Lee an email in early June after the photo of his
crotch was sent out on his Twitter account, and "he asked me to
lie" about their contact, she said.
  
Lee said she put out a three-sentence statement on the matter at
his request. She did not elaborate but said she was coming forward
now to tell the truth and to deny reports that she was in an online
sexual relationship with him.
  
Weiner has taken a two-week leave from the House, in treatment
for an undisclosed disorder at an undisclosed location.
  
House Democratic colleagues are looking for him to step down
this week amid a growing chorus for him to resign. Even President
Barack Obama has suggested he should leave.
  
Adding to the drama, Weiner's pregnant wife, Huma Abedin,
returned Wednesday from a trip to Africa with her boss, Secretary
of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
  
A fellow member of Weiner's New York Democratic delegation, Rep.
Carolyn McCarthy, said she's heard from Weiner's friends that the
congressman was waiting for his wife to come home before making any
decisions about his political future. McCarthy also cited talk
among Weiner's friends about the possibility he could resign this
week.
  
House Democrats huddled behind closed doors Tuesday for their
regular party meeting, but they decided against taking action
against Weiner in hopes that he'll resign soon.
  
The House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, reiterated her call
for Weiner to quit, saying after the meeting that she wanted to
make sure nobody missed her earlier resignation call while members
were on a weeklong recess.
  
Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., said: "I think we should send a
strong message to him that he should resign, and let's see what
happens. The more of us who say it, the more telling it will be."
  
House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, had been content to
let Democrats wrestle with the embarrassing scandal, but when asked
Tuesday whether Weiner should resign, he responded, "Yes."
  
The furor over sexually suggestive photos and other revelations
about the 46-year-old congressman has been a distraction for
Democrats seeking momentum as they gear up for the 2012 elections.
Besides Pelosi, several other Democrats have called for Weiner to
quit, including the party chairwoman, Rep. Debbie Wasserman
Schultz, D-Fla.
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   Associated Press writer Andrew Miga in Washington contributed to
this report.
   (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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