July 25th, 2013
04:51 PM ET
9 years ago

Weiner chat partner Sydney Leathers felt 'manipulated'

Updated at 5:32 p.m. ET on 7/25

(CNN) – The woman who exchanged the sexually explicit messages that have thrown Anthony Weiner's New York City mayoral campaign into damage control mode said Thursday the former congressman deceived her when he contacted her online.

"I felt manipulated," Sydney Leathers told the television program "Inside Edition." "Obviously I felt like he's saying one thing to me, another thing to his wife, saying another thing on the campaign trail. I don't know who the real Anthony Weiner is I guess."

Later, Leathers claimed Weiner became "controlling" toward the end of their online relationship.

"He would tell me that he would be jealous," Leathers said. "He would look at my Facebook frequently. He would tell me that he would get jealous if other men would compliment me. Just little stuff like that."

Weiner's campaign declined to comment on the interview with Leathers.

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The messages between Weiner and Leathers – some of which included lewd photographs of Weiner - came to light Tuesday on the gossip website TheDirty. The site claimed Weiner vowed to purchase a condominium for Leathers in Chicago, as well as secure her a place on a panel for political bloggers.

A friend of Leathers told CNN on Wednesday the 23-year-old Indiana native was a strong supporter of the New York politician even after he resigned from Congress amid similar circumstances two years ago.

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Leathers actively posts about politics and her Democratic views on Facebook, and had previously included Weiner in a list of political heroes.

She said in the "Inside Edition" interview she was blown away that the former congressman would revert to the behavior that led to his resignation from Congress in 2011.

"I was shocked because I didn't think he would be so foolish as to do the same thing all over again," she said. "He was making these campaign promises that he had totally changed, and he was a better man now, and he learned from his mistakes, and I have proof that that was not true."

Leathers "cared" about Weiner, she said, and knew that he wanted her to erase any evidence of their "very sexual" conversations.

But now, as their conversations have come to light, Leathers no longer sees Weiner in quite the same way.

Asked by "Inside Edition" correspondent Jim Moret whether Weiner was trying to "pull one over" on voters, Leathers replied, "Absolutely."

"Otherwise he wouldn't have went on the whole 'I'm a changed man, I've learned my lesson, I wouldn't have said those things' if he wasn't trying to be someone he wasn't," she said.

Her verdict of Weiner now? She recalled a description the politician used about himself in one of their conversations.

"The exact wording was that he was an argumentative, perpetually horny middle aged man," she said. "And at the time, I was like, 'Oh no, you're not.' But yes, he is."

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soundoff (421 Responses)
  1. kelly

    Wow! She was flirting with him even though she knew he was married. And now says manipulated. Oh poor baby. You didn't think this through. Now you look like the fool.

    July 25, 2013 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  2. manhandler1

    Gold digger....no doubt. But I actually detest the holier than thou, hung up finger pointer posters way more than either Wiener or his gold digger friend. Give it a break all you who are as pure as the driven snow. Ain't buying any of it. And if you ARE pure as the driven snow, you're boring beyond all explanation. NONE of this is anybody's business. Only detestable busybodies. The noise of tongue clickers, yammerers and yapperers is monumentally annoying.

    July 25, 2013 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. abmri60

    And there she is, making money deals and TV shows --Next she is going to write a book.
    What a low life...

    July 25, 2013 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  4. Tracy

    yeah she comes across as scarred . lol – this woman is loving this attention

    July 25, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  5. nvmature

    Watching her makes me want to puke. She is total feminine trash. Conniving,deceitful, lying and a gold-digger.

    July 25, 2013 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  6. TheObvious

    It's so obvious that she either got payed off by Inside Edition or who ever wants to take Wiener off the campaign trail.

    July 25, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  7. d

    Anthony Wiener deserves to lewds (lose) the next election.

    July 25, 2013 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  8. DoNotWorry

    Nasty little creep goes online and meets nasty little creep. I know I'm shocked.

    July 25, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  9. Insight

    She had telephone orgasm now she is blaming everything on him.
    "A dangerous friend and fatal foe,
    the prime breeder of the world of woe
    when we are sad she is glad
    when we are deep in sorrow she is joeys
    And her sorcery still succeeds"

    July 25, 2013 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  10. Uthor

    Ms. Leathers should have chosen her fifteen minutes of fame more carefully. Still, we might suspect that we'll hear about her plastic surgery in the coming months, followed by a magazine pictorial, and maybe even a pop song.

    July 25, 2013 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  11. Chett

    Both manipulated each other. She knew this wasn't a clean relationship. Now she's spreading the BS around for everyone to see......Guess the only good outcome is that Weiner will lose the race.

    July 25, 2013 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  12. sassafras

    Yep, I agree with most of you. Wiener has his own problems. If she couldn't figure it out, if she decided to go along for the ride, I'm sorry, this is 2013. She didn't have to do anything she didn't want to do, online no less. Puhlease.

    July 25, 2013 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  13. Chett

    She's Not that pretty

    July 25, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  14. Steven

    Your mom and dad must be so proud!

    July 25, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  15. Sylvia

    She is not a victim . She's a big girl who smells money.

    July 25, 2013 07:59 pm at 7:59 pm |
  16. Boise

    She did just the same as he did. Gold digger.

    July 25, 2013 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  17. charles

    TV is the problem. Every pig, goat,.....believe that its is the only to succeed. Society is buying into it. She was manipulated, how?

    July 25, 2013 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  18. McGee523

    ....and here we have Andy Warhol proving prophetic once again. 15 minutes of fame....

    July 25, 2013 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  19. Thomas

    Wow , until the money runs out !

    July 25, 2013 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  20. Pepou27

    She wants her 15mn of fame. And shame.

    July 25, 2013 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. Brian P

    She knew he was married, so how can she be so high all mighty and moral when she was carrying on like she was with a married father? Falling in love with a married man who you knew wasn't going to leave his wife for you? Yeah right.

    July 25, 2013 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  22. Rob Roberts

    How can she feel manipulated? She knew he cheats on his wife and destroyed his political career and then She felt bad for him and then SHE contacted HIM. ... She initiated it. Then she claims he acted inappropriately and she continued communicating with him and engaging in inappropriate behavior even though she knew he was married – For 6 months. Please. Now she's going public. Trash x Trash = Trash squared

    July 25, 2013 08:45 pm at 8:45 pm |
  23. C. Altman

    Leathers clearly gave very little consideration to Huma and her child. What did she think the out come of all this would be?

    July 25, 2013 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  24. Ferit

    he wouldn't have went? looks like her intellect is not to be trusted much.

    July 25, 2013 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  25. runymede

    Yeah right !....She feels that she was manipulated ! A smart woman usually knows she is manipulated right off the bat.

    July 25, 2013 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
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