NEW YORK - US Representative Anthony Weiner on Monday tearfully admitted having a number of online sex relationships with women over the Internet, saying he was deeply ashamed of his actions but would not resign.
"I'm deeply regretting what I have done and I'm not resigning," Weiner told a news conference while wiping away tears.
Weiner, a New York Democrat and a leading liberal voice in the US House of Representatives who was expected to run for mayor of New York City in 2013, also admitted to inappropriate Internet and telephone conversations with six women but said none of them developed into a physical relationship.
"The picture was of me and I sent it," he said of an image sent over Twitter of a man in his underpants, which sparked the scandal more than a week ago.
"I am deeply ashamed of my judgments and actions," said the politician known for bluntness and a combative style in Congress.