Huma Abedin Files for Divorce from Anthony Weiner as He Pleads Guilty in Sexting Case

Former top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin filed for divorce from estranged husband Anthony Weiner on Friday, a source confirms to PEOPLE. The same day, the embattled former congressman pleaded guilty to sexting with a minor.

According to the New York Post, which first reported the story, Abedin filed an “anonymous versus anonymous” action in Manhattan Supreme Court and is asking the court to seal the case. The Post reported that the filing is uncontested, which means she is not expecting a fight over custody or the couple’s assets.

Abedin announced she was separating from Weiner in August, just hours after his third sexting scandal came to light.

Weiner admitted in federal court on Friday to sending sexually explicit messages and photos to a 15-year-old girl, PEOPLE confirmed. He pleaded guilty to a single count of transferring obscene material to a minor.

Weiner was released on bail and will be sentenced on Sept. 8. He faces up to 10 years in prison.

A court official told PEOPLE Weiner fought through tears as he read a statement in court. He acknowledged sending sexually explicit texts to an underage girl was “morally” wrong and illegal.

“This fall, I came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness,” Weiner read in court. “I had hit bottom. I entered intensive treatment, found the courage to take a moral inventory of my defects, and began a program of recovery and mental health treatment that I continue to follow every day.”

He also apologized to his victim, “whom I mistreated so badly.”



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