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Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner separate after sexting scandal

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This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

Just hours after her husband’s third sexting scandal came to light, Huma Abedin announced Monday announced Monday that she has decided to separate from Anthony Weiner.

“After long and painful consideration and work on my marriage, I have made the decision to separate from my husband,” the longtime Hillary Clinton aide 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.”

The former New York Congressman, whose 2013 campaign for mayor of New York City imploded amid his second sexting scandal, has reportedly been sexting a new woman, according to the New York Post. The paper published screenshots of racy photos from Weiner’s alleged exchanges with a woman he described as “literally a fantasy chick” – including a selfie of his crotch with his 4-year-old son in the background. The screenshots date back to January 2015.

After his latest scandal broke Weiner skipped out on a slated appearance on the Bernie and Sid Show Monday morning. Weiner’s Twitter accountdisappeared hours after the Post report was published late Sunday night.

When the Post asked for comment, Weiner, 51, said he and the woman “have been friends for some time.”&

“She has asked me not to comment except to say that our conversations were private, often included pictures of her nieces and nephews and my son and were always appropriate,” he said.

Among Weiner’s shirtless selfies was one particularly troubling shot of Weiner lying in bed, wearing only white boxer briefs, next to his son.

The Post reported the conversation leading up to that moment:

“‘Someone just climbed into my bed,’ Weiner wrote.

‘Really?’ she responded.

Weiner then hit ‘send’ on the cringe-inducing image, which shows a bulge in his white, Jockey-brand boxer briefs and his son cuddled up to his left, wrapped in a light-green blanket.

‘You do realize you can see you[r] Weiner in that pic??’ the woman wrote.