Anthony Weiner's Alleged X-Rated Photo Released Online By Radio Hosts
Andrew Breitbart said repeatedly he wouldn't go public with the image, but he showed it to shock-jocks Opie & Anthony, who tweeted it to the masses.
An X-rated photo of Congressman Anthony Weiner hit the Internet after Andrew Breitbart shared it with Sirius XM radio shock-jocks Opie and Anthony on Wednesday, who then tweeted it to the masses.
Breitbart has said repeatedly he had no intention of releasing the photo unless Weiner launched a “jihad” against him.
“I’m not releasing it. I can’t think of any other publication that wouldn’t,” he reiterated on The Opie & Anthony Show. “I could probably get a gazillion hits off my page – I’m not doing that to him and his family.”
But the two radio hosts goaded Breitbart into showing the photo -- via his cell phone -- to them and some staffers, as well as actor Vincent D'Onofrio, who was also an in-studio guest Wednesday.
After Breitbart left the studio, the Opie & Anthony crew, according to their tweets, used footage from their in-studio surveillance camera to grab a still photo off of Breitbart’s phone screen.
Breitbart told the radio hosts and D’Onofrio that Weiner had sent the photo to “a gal down in Texas.”
Gawker published the uncensored photo. It consists of anatomy allegedly belonging to Weiner, though Weiner’s face isn’t shown.
As Opie and Anthony passed Breitbart's phone around, Breitbart is heard saying: "Don't show it anywhere," instructions that were apparently ignored. (Audio is below).
Breitbart didn't return phone calls or emails from The Hollywood Reporter, but he told Fox News Channel that he was "mortified" by the photo's release and the behavior of Opie (Gregg Hughes) and Anthony (Anthony Cumia).
"This is the first time that someone surreptitiously grabbed a photo of it," he told a Fox reporter. (Video below).
"This is a complete breach of our arrangement that the photo would not be made public. It was a complete violation of trust."
Breitbart has been making the rounds on TV and radio to discuss his role in the Weiner debacle. Breitbart a week ago published on his various websites a lewd photo tweeted by the Democratic congressman from New York to a college woman, though he withheld, until now, the allegedly more incriminating photo of Weiner.
Opie and Anthony and Sirius XM didn't respond to queries from The Hollywood Reporter, but Opie has been tweeting about the episode throughout the day. He acknowledged he tried unsuccessfully to take a picture of Breitbart's phone screen. He then tweeted: "Wasn't until @AndrewBreitbart left the studio that we realized what was captured on our video camera."
His partner Anthony issued a statement to the press that reads, in part:
"I want to make it clear that Andrew Breitbart had no knowledge that this photo was being made public. A phone with the photo was being displayed and a camera in the studio caught it. It was then uploaded to Twitter, again, without Andrew Breitbart's knowledge. I regret that this occurred."
The embarrassing revelation of probably the most explicit among the photos Weiner has been sharing with women online comes the same day several news outlets are reporting that Weiner's wife, 35-year-old Huma Abedin, is pregnant with the couple's first child.
The New York Times says that Abedin, an aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, headed to Africa on Wednesday with Clinton and that the State Department wouldn't confirm her pregnancy.
Breitbart flew Wednesday from the The Opie & Anthony Show in New York to Los Angeles where he met a CNN van outside of the airport and called KFI radio hosts John and Ken, and told them: "I just found out that Huma is pregnant. How did I get cast in a soap opera?"
He explained that he keeps the Weiner photo on his mobile device in order to show it to the hosts of the shows he has been appearing on, because "people like Joan Walsh and Bill Press go on MSNBC and doubt the picture's existence."
(Video of Salon's Walsh and commentator Press on The Ed Show on MSNBC Tuesday is below).