Porn actress: Weiner asked me to lie about talks

Ginger Lee

A former porn actress who said she exchangedemails and messages over Twitter with New York Rep. Anthony Weinersaid Wednesday that he asked her to lie about their onlinecommunications. Ginger Lee said she and Weiner exchanged about 100 emailsbetween March and June, beginning after Lee posted a supportivestatement about the congressman on her blog. She said they mostlydiscussed politics, but he would often turn the conversation tosex. "'I have wardrobe demands too. I need to highlight mypackage,"' Weiner wrote Lee, in an email read aloud at the newsconference by Lee's attorney, Gloria Allred. Weiner acknowledged last week that he had sent lewd photos andtexts to women after a photo of his crotch was posted on Twitter.In an interview two weeks ago, he acknowledged that he hadexchanged messages with Lee but didn't elaborate. Lee said she did not send sexually suggestive messages toWeiner. "Anytime that he would take our communications in a sexualdirection, I did not reciprocate," she said. Weiner sent Lee an email in early June after the photo of hiscrotch was sent out on his Twitter account, and "he asked me tolie" about their contact, she said. Lee said she put out a three-sentence statement on the matter athis request. She did not elaborate but said she was coming forwardnow to tell the truth and to deny reports that she was in an onlinesexual relationship with him. Weiner has taken a two-week leave from the House, in treatmentfor an undisclosed disorder at an undisclosed location. House Democratic colleagues are looking for him to step downthis week amid a growing chorus for him to resign. Even PresidentBarack 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, Secretaryof 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 thecongressman was waiting for his wife to come home before making anydecisions about his political future. McCarthy also cited talkamong Weiner's friends about the possibility he could resign thisweek. House Democrats huddled behind closed doors Tuesday for theirregular party meeting, but they decided against taking actionagainst Weiner in hopes that he'll resign soon. The House Democratic leader, Nancy Pelosi, reiterated her callfor Weiner to quit, saying after the meeting that she wanted tomake sure nobody missed her earlier resignation call while memberswere on a weeklong recess. Rep. Sander Levin, D-Mich., said: "I think we should send astrong message to him that he should resign, and let's see whathappens. The more of us who say it, the more telling it will be." House Speaker John Boehner, a Republican, had been content tolet Democrats wrestle with the embarrassing scandal, but when askedTuesday whether Weiner should resign, he responded, "Yes." The furor over sexually suggestive photos and other revelationsabout the 46-year-old congressman has been a distraction forDemocrats seeking momentum as they gear up for the 2012 elections.Besides Pelosi, several other Democrats have called for Weiner toquit, including the party chairwoman, Rep. Debbie WassermanSchultz, D-Fla. ------ Associated Press writer Andrew Miga in Washington contributed tothis report. (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)