Weiner’s Book Deal Terminated After Guilty Plea

Anthony Weiner
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• May 24, 2017 9:51 am


Former Rep. Anthony Weiner's (D., N.Y.) book deal has been terminated after he pleaded guilty on Friday to federal obscenity charges, ending a federal investigation into his relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

It was revealed in 2016 that Weiner, 52, had been sexting with the underage girl. Federal investigators probing the case seized Weiner's laptop and emails to his wife, top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, which led former FBI Director James Comey to publicly re-open an investigation into Clinton's own private email server that ended shortly before Clinton's presidential loss.

Abedin had been separated with the former congressman for nine months before she filed for divorce the day he pleaded guilty.

But Weiner is not only losing his wife: his book deal with Foundry Literary + Media has also been severed, Page Six reported Tuesday. Foundry reportedly held onto the option of honoring the book deal with Weiner, but this was aborted after he tearfully testified to sending explicit messages to a North Carolina teen.

"I have a sickness but I do not have an excuse," Weiner said while crying in court.

Weiner's book was meant to be a tell-all surrounding his multiple sexting scandals that ruined both his congressional career and his 2013 run for New York City mayor. It is still possible that Weiner could write a book in the future.

Abedin is currently working on her own book, and is reportedly shopping for a $2 million deal.

Published under: Anthony Weiner, Huma Abedin