Anthony Weiner: ABC News Paid Nursing Student $10K to License Photos

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ABC News paid nursing student Meagan Broussard between $10,000 and $15,000 to license dozens of photos, emails, Facebook messages and cell phone call logs from Rep. Anthony Weiner, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

The network announced it had paid to license the photos during its Monday-night broadcasts and in its online story. Mediabistro's TV Newser first reported the figure. Anthony Weiner: Hollywood's 10 Best Twitter Jokes

In what has been dubbed "Weinergate" by the media, the Democratic Representative of New York admitted Monday at  a press conference that he exchanged raunchy emails and texts with Broussard and five other women over the past three years.

"I take full responsibility for my actions," Weiner said. "The picture was of me, and I sent it."

When a photo of his crotch showed up on Twitter last week, and on Andrew Breitbart's conservative blog BigGovernment.com, Weiner of at first denied he had sent them.

Broussard said she "chuckled" when she heard that.

"t would be one thing if he came out and said, 'Hey, so what?' But now he's saying he got hacked?" Broussard, who began her sexually-charged relationship with the married Weiner on April 20, 2011, told ABC News.

Weiner was the butt of late-night jokes once again on Monday night. Weinergate: The Best Late-Night Jokes About Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter Scandal

His pal Jon Stewart quipped on The Daily Show as two of the photos in question -- a crotch shot and a bare-chest shot -- were shown: "Perhaps the most upsetting thing about having a friend caught up in a scandal of this nature is finding out, A) he's packing jumbo heat, and B) he's ripped. I can't believe this guy and me are the same f---ing age!"

Lindsay.powers@thr.com

Twitter: LKPE

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