Skip To Content
Fast Forward

Weiner’s Attorneys Say Sexting Accuser Wanted To Hurt Hillary’s Chances

Anthony Weiner’s attorneys are claiming that the teenager who busted him for sexting with her might have done so to sink Hillary Clinton’ presidential campaign, according to new court filings.

In the documents, submitted ahead of Weiner’s sentencing for transferring obscene material to a minor, the ex-congressman’s lawyers allege that his accuser – a 15-year-old from North Carolina – might have ratted him out to get cash and to hurt Democratic nominee Clinton’s chance at the White House.

Arlo Devlin-Brown and Erin Monju claimed in their filing that the teen told federal investigators she “hoped somehow to influence the U.S. presidential election, in addition to securing personal profit.” They added that she was “looking for material for a book — one she has now written and is shopping to publishers.”

The court documents seem aimed at convincing the federal judge sentencing Weiner, Denise Cote, to grant him relative clemency for a crime that can result in imprisonment of up to 10 years.

The latest Weiner sexting scandal erupted after a Daily Mail article in September 2016, and led to the inopportune reopening of the Clinton e-mail investigation – which many, including the candidate herself, believe handed the election to President Trump.

Contact Daniel J. Solomon at [email protected] or on Twitter @DanielJSolomon


Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free, unless it originated with JTA, Haaretz or another publication (as indicated on the article) and as long as you follow our guidelines. You must credit the Forward, retain our pixel and preserve our canonical link in Google search.  See our full guidelines for more information, and this guide for detail about canonical URLs.

To republish, copy the HTML by clicking on the yellow button to the right; it includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline and credit to the Forward. It does not include images; to avoid copyright violations, you must add them manually, following our guidelines. Please email us at [email protected], subject line “republish,” with any questions or to let us know what stories you’re picking up.

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.