Clinton aide Abedin separates from scandal-plagued Weiner

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Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner are separating

WASHINGTON, Aug 29 (Reuters) - Huma Abedin, one of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's top aides, said on Monday that she was separating from her husband, Anthony Weiner, after a sex scandal similar to an earlier incident that led him to resign from the U.S. Congress.

"After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband," Huma Abedin said in a statement.

"Anthony and I remain devoted to doing what is best for our son, who is the light of our life. During this difficult time, I ask for respect for our privacy," Abedin added.

Abedin's announcement follows a New York Post report late Sunday that Weiner recently sent photos of his boxer-brief-clad genitals - one while he was in bed with their toddler son - via Twitter to another woman.

The photos were part of a months-long exchange between Weiner and the woman and many of the messages were sexual in nature, according to the Post report.

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks on as she was looking at a smartphone when she leaves a fundraiser at a private home in Southampton, N.Y., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, leaves a fundraiser at a private home in Southampton, N.Y., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton looks at a smartphone as she leaves a fundraiser at a private home in Southampton, N.Y., Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Huma Abedin, center, an aide to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, poses for a photograph with members of the audience after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accompanied by Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., speaks at a rally at Florida International University Panther Arena in Miami, Saturday, July 23, 2016. Clinton has chosen Kaine to be her running mate. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
In this photo taken Aug. 28, 2016, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's senior aid Huma Abedin, center, departs a fundraiser at a private home in Southampton, N.Y. Abedin says she is separating from husband Anthony Weiner after another sexting revelation involving the former congressman from New York. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, followed by aide Huma Abedin, right, walks on the tarmac as she arrives to board Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, July 5, 2016. President Barack Obama and Clinton are traveling to Charlotte, N.C. to campaign together. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner, left, listens as his wife, Huma Abedin, speaks during a news conference at the Gay Men's Health Crisis headquarters, Tuesday, July 23, 2013, in New York. The former congressman says he's not dropping out of the New York City mayoral race in light of newly revealed explicit online correspondence with a young woman. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)
Huma Abedin, aide to Democratic U.S. presidential candidate and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, points as Mrs. Clinton waves to attendees at the conclusion of the second official 2016 U.S. Democratic presidential candidates debate in Des Moines, Iowa, November 14, 2015. REUTERS/Jim Young
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, center, accompanied by Mike Vlacich, New Hampshire state director, Hillary for America, and her aide Huma Abedin look to place their order Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at a Dunkin' Donuts in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Anthony Weiner, left, and Huma Abedin arrive at The Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Benefit Gala, celebrating the opening of "Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology" on Monday, May 2, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, makes a selfie with customers as her aide Huma Abedin, right, speaks with a cashier Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016, at a Dunkin' Donuts in Manchester, N.H. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, right, and her personal aide Huma Abedin offer to buy ice cream for reporters from Allison Porreca at Dairy Twirl, Friday, July 3, 2015, in Lebanon, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
Huma Abedin, left, an aide to Hillary Rodham Clinton, watches the Democratic presidential contender greet members of the audience following a speech at the David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum, Wednesday, April 29, 2015. in New York. David Dinkins is at center. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
Huma Abedin, longtime aide to Democratic U.S. presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, attends a Clinton campaign rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, U.S., July 5, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo
In this photo taken Jan. 5, 2011, then-New York Rep. Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin, an aide to then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, are pictured after a ceremonial swearing in of the 112th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin says she is separating from husband Anthony Weiner after another sexting revelation involving the former congressman from New York. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Anthony Weiner and wife Huma Abedin attend the 12th Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards at Spring Studios on Monday, Nov. 2, 2015, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., and his wife, Huma Abedin, aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, are pictured after a ceremonial swearing in of the 112th Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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Weiner resigned in June 2011 from Congress, where he represented New York, followed a sexting scandal in which he accidentally posted an explicit photo of himself on his public Twitter timeline instead of via a direct message to a woman, as he had intended.

When Weiner made a second unsuccessful run for New York City mayor, explicit photos surfaced in July 2013 that he had recently sent under the pseudonym "Carlos Danger" to a young woman in Indiana.

Weiner said he had undergone therapy after the first sexting scandal, according to media reports. In recent months, he has taken care of the couple's toddler son. Abedin often travels with the Clinton campaign.

Abedin is the vice chair of Clinton's presidential campaign and served as her deputy chief of staff at the U.S. State Department. Weiner served in the U.S. Congress, representing his district in New York City from 1999 to 2011. His first unsuccessful run for New York City mayor was in 2005.

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