In a primetime exclusive Wednesday night, Anthony Weiner's “sexting partner” Sydney Leathers told HLN’s Dr. Drew that she had “no choice” but to come forward.
Last month, Weiner admitted that he had sent explicit text messages after his resignation from Congress in 2011. He maintained in a recent news conference that his racy online behavior ended last summer, but 23-year-old Indiana native Leathers says "Carlos Danger," the New York City mayoral candidate’s online persona, sexted her as recently as April 12.
Leathers said it all began when she sent Weiner a Facebook message in 2011 to express her displeasure with his behavior. She says Weiner wrote her back in the summer of 2012 to apologize and that’s when she says the sexy messaging began.
“The situation seemed strange from the beginning,” she told Dr. Drew. “I mean, it was more of a fantasy thing, I think.”
When asked whether there was any motive behind her decision to go public, Leathers said she was upset that she was seeing a man who was living a double-standard.
“I released the information because he's running for mayor of New York City and lying and saying that his only misconduct was in 2011 … [it was] not a way of jump-starting a career for myself at all,” Leathers said.
She added, “I released everything anonymously. I didn't want my face out there for this. My identity got leaked without my consent. So, at that point, I had no choice but to own it, come forward, be who I am [and] hold my head up high … I didn't sell the photos that he sent me or our transcripts. So, if I was really looking for attention or notoriety, that's the route I would have went.”
In a recent news conference, Weiner’s wife Huma Abedin said, "Our marriage, like many others, has had its ups and its downs. It took a lot of work, a whole lot of therapy, to get to a place where I could forgive Anthony. It was not an easy choice in any way, but I made the decision that it was worth staying in this marriage.”
In response, Leathers told Dr. Drew, “I acknowledge the fact that he was married, and that part of it is a mistake on my end. I do feel very badly for Huma, but you also have to understand the fact that this man has engaged in this behavior before. He's admitted that I wasn't the only one at that time. So, if it wasn't me, it would be someone else.”
A new Quinnipiac University poll now shows that Weiner has dropped to fourth place in NYC’s Democratic Mayoral primary race.
In the meantime, HLN has confirmed that Leathers has received an offer to work with one of world's top adult film producers, Vivid Entertainment. She has also spoken to "Inside Edition" and posed in a bikini for a New York Post photo spread.
Earlier this week, Leathers also did an interview with Howard Stern, in which she announced plans to record a song called "Weinerizer" -- a parody of Britney Spears' hit, "Womanizer."