Former Hillary Clinton campaign aide Huma Abedin and her disgraced former congressman husband Anthony Weiner, who admitted to sexting a 15-year-old girl in 2016, have withdrawn their divorce case from a New York court.
Abedin was scheduled to show at the Manhattan Supreme Court on Jan. 10, reports the New York Post. Her attorney instead submitted a document signed by both her and Weiner in which they agreed to end court proceedings.
The case's discontinuation doesn't mean that the couple won't divorce, but rather that they will settle the matter out of court or at least out of the public eye.
Abedin and Weiner's marriage has been in the spotlight since late in the Clinton campaign, when an FBI inspection of Weiner's laptop led federal investigators to reopen a probe into Clinton's use of a private email server during her time as secretary of state, according to The Washington Post.
On May 19, 2017, The New York Times reported that Weiner tearfully confessed to consciously sexting a 15-year-old girl who contacted him in January 2016. Abedin filed for divorce that same day.
"I knew this was as morally wrong as it was unlawful," Weiner said during his court testimony.
Weiner pleaded guilty to sending obscene material to a minor and was required to register as a sex offender. According to the New York Daily News, Weiner is now serving a 21-month jail sentence.
It was not Weiner's first time being publicly exposed for his sexual behavior online -- in June 2011, he withdrew from Congress after lewd pictures he sent on Twitter went public, according to The New York Times.
After a failed attempt to run for mayor of New York City unveiled another set of explicit images in 2013, Weiner withdrew from the public and politics until August 2016, when his messages with the teenage girl came to light.
One image depicted Weiner's crotch with his and Abedin's 4-year-old son laying next to him.
It is for their now 6-year-old son that the couple are pulling their divorce case from the court.
"In order to reduce any impact of these proceedings on their child, the parties have decided to reach a settlement swiftly and privately," said Charles Miller, Abedin's attorney, in a statement.
The New York Daily News reports that Abedin may re-file the case as "uncontested," allowing the couple to settle their divorce without having to appear in court. Her original filing in May 2017 labeled the case as "contested," implying there was a dispute.
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