Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner Halt Divorce Proceedings, Plan to Settle in Private

Huma Abedin, right, and Anthony Weiner / Getty
January 10, 2018

Once and future political stars Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner have called off their divorce court proceedings.

One of Abedin's attorneys on Wednesday submitted paperwork signed by both parties to the Manhattan Supreme Court agreeing to withdraw their divorce case, according to the New York Post.

The couple still plans to proceed with the divorce, but outside of the public eye.

"In order to reduce any impact of these proceedings on their child, the parties have decided to attempt to reach a settlement swiftly and privately," said Abedin's lawyer, Charles Miller.

Weiner was considered a rising star in the Democratic Party until the former New York congressman admitted in 2011 that he had been sexting multiple women and was forced to resign. In 2013, he attempted a political comeback and made a run for mayor of New York City, only for more sexting allegations to emerge and end his campaign.

Abedin, a longtime Hillary Clinton confidant, announced in August 2016 that she was separating from Weiner after he again made headlines when he was caught sexting an underage girl. The investigation into his conduct prompted the FBI to seize Weiner's laptop, inadvertently reigniting the Clinton email controversy when some of her State Department emails were discovered on his hard drive.

Weiner eventually pleaded guilty to transferring obscene materials to a minor and was sentenced to 21 months in prison. He began his sentence in November.