Anthony Weiner: Who is Sydney Leathers?
POSTED: Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 9:04am
UPDATED: Sunday, August 25, 2013 - 6:10am
CNN identifies the 23-year-old recipient of Anthony Weiner's explicit messages.
As former Congressman Anthony Weiner resists calls to drop out of the New York Mayoral race, CNN has identified the woman involved in the scandal.
The woman at the center of the latest Anthony Weiner sexting scandal is Sydney Leathers, who also identifies herself online as "idney elaine xo."
We don't know much about her, but we do know she's very comfortable in her own skin.
These are just some of the pictures she posted of herself on twitter that have since been removed, showing off her new tattoo or "new ink" as she tweeted , and modeling her new bathing suit.
With this lounge photo, she confidently tweeted, "I'd marry my legs if I could."
She also posted this seductive picture, tweeting, "All that I am: big lips, good makeup, long hair, boobs and tattoos."
So how did she meet Anthony Weiner?
Lou Colagiovanni is a friend of Leathers.
"She initially contacted him through Twitter. She was a fan. She said that she was a fan. I assume that based on how beautiful of a young lady that Sydney is, Anthony Weiner had no choice but to act on his instincts."
"Sydney loved him but then she fell out of love with him because the idealized vision in which she had of him was not true and not the case."
Colagiovanni says the conversations quickly turned from politics to sex.
This was the result: dozens and dozens of sexually explicit text messages and photographs, including images of his anatomy that are simply too explicit to show here.
Their online relationship continued for quite a while.
"It's been reported in some outlets that this may have been going on for six months, I think it's been for around eight or nine maybe even possibly a year."
We came here to Princeton, Indiana, hoping to speak with Sydney Leathers about her communication and relationship with Anthony Weiner.
This is where a friend of hers, who asked not to be identified, told me Leathers lives with her father.
Nobody answered the door when we went inside.
That same friend also told me Sydney Leathers never mentioned Anthony Weiner by name, but did say she had met a lot of people with strong political contacts online.
Politics was her passion.
The friend says she and leathers worked together for a few months at a tanning salon, until she says Leathers quit last summer to work for the Obama Campaign.
Online, Sydney Leathers has identified herself as a field organizer for the Obama Campaign.
On the website change.org, we found Sydney Leather's profile.
The petitions she signed say a lot about her passions and her politics.
It seems long before Sydney Leathers first communicated with Anthony Weiner, she had her eye on him.
One of her websites that's since been removed listed him as one of her heroes along with President Obama, John Stewart, and Charlie Sheen.
And in June 2011, she posted this: "Anthony Weiner can continue sending d*** pics every single day for the rest of his life as long as he continues to legislate like he does."
Sydney Leathers is now 23.
Her friend says she never slept with Anthony Weiner or took any money from him, but that he did offer to help her get an apartment in Chicago and suggested he visit her.
At one point, she told the website thedirty.com that Weiner asked her, quote, "Do me a solid" and "hard delete all our chats."