"Weiner Woman" Meagan Broussard Speaks Out
One of the women with whom Anthony Weiner had an "inappropriate" relationship is speaking out.
Just as Weiner made his announcement, ABC News said it was "prepared to release an interview with Meagan Broussard, a 26-year-old single mother from Texas who provided dozens of photos, emails, Facebook messages and cell phone call logs that she says chronicle a sexually-charged electronic relationship with Weiner that rapidly-evolved for more than a month, starting on April 20, 2011."
Broussard first gave her information to Andrew Breitbart and his conservative BigGovernment.com, but she "shared her identity with ABC News." Weiner confirmed at his news conference that Broussard was one of them women to whom he had sent messages and photographs.
Their relationships started innocently enough on April 20 when Broussard "liked" a YouTube clip of one of his speeches on his Facebook page. She also commented "hottttt" on the link.
"Almost immediately" Weiner sent Broussard a friend request, which she accepted. They then exchanged "hundreds of messages," many of them sexual in nature.
At one point, Broussard said she was suspicious that she was indeed conversing with a member of Congress.
"I didn't think it was him," she said. "I thought for sure, 'why would someone in that position be doing this?' I asked him to take a picture and write 'me' on it so I would know," And that's just what Weiner did.
She said Weiner also sent other pictures, including a photo with two cats that he captioned "Me and the pussys" and shirtless photos. Broussard also claims he sent her several lewd photos. At his news conference, Weiner did not deny that such photos exist.
Broussard also said she got the same "crotch shot" photo on May 18 that was sent to a woman in Seattle that started the scandal.
"I just chuckled," Broussard said when the scandal broke. "It would be one thing if he came out and said, 'Hey, so what?' But now he's saying he got hacked?"
Broussard said they had one telephone conversation, on May 18. She said she called the number back to make sure it was him. A Weiner receptionist answered.
Broussard said she came forward out of concerns for her image and that of her 3-year-old daughter.
"I have my own life, my own things where I'm from and I just wanted to go ahead with them. I thought I could just be private about it, but there's no reason for me to hide," she said. "I didn't do anything wrong. I don't know him. I'm just putting my story out there before anyone else tries to."
As far as Weiner, "I don't think he's a bad guy. I think he's got issues just like everybody else," Broussard said. "Everyone's standards are different, but to be elected to Congress and sit there all day on Facebook and chatting?"
Watch the interview here.