PKonweb Report — Former top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin filed for divorce from estranged husband Anthony Weiner on Friday — the same day, the embattled former congressman pleaded guilty to sexting with a minor.
A source familiar with the matter told CNN Abedin made the move prior to Weiner pleading guilty to transferring obscene material to a minor. Abedin was a top aide to former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. Both Abedin and Weiner were embroiled in the private email server debacle during the 2016 presidential campaign.
According to the New York Post, which first reported the story, Abedin filed an “anonymous versus anonymous” action in Manhattan Supreme Court and is asking the court to seal the case. The Post reported that the filing is uncontested, which means she is not expecting a fight over custody or the couple’s assets.
Although Abedin had originally filed for an uncontested divorce, she later amended the papers to read “contested.” According to the Post, this implies that Weiner decided not to sign the papers “at the last minute.”
Experts told the Post that the couple, who has been married for seven years, will likely face a long court battle, largely over visitation with their 5-year-old son, Jordan.
In photos, Weiner appeared to be wearing his wedding ring on Friday. On Wednesday, Abedin was spotted on the N.Y.C. subway without her wedding ring.
Abedin announced she was separating from Weiner in August, just hours after his third sexting scandal came to light.
Weiner admitted in federal court on Friday to sending sexually explicit messages and photos to a 15-year-old girl. He pleaded guilty to a single count of transferring obscene material to a minor.
Weiner was released on bail and will be sentenced on Sept. 8. He faces up to 10 years in prison.
A court official told PEOPLE magazine Weiner fought through tears as he read a statement in court. He acknowledged sending sexually explicit texts to an underage girl was “morally” wrong and illegal.
“This fall, I came to grips for the first time with the depths of my sickness,” Weiner read in court. “I had hit bottom. I entered intensive treatment, found the courage to take a moral inventory of my defects, and began a program of recovery and mental health treatment that I continue to follow every day.”
He also apologized to his victim, “whom I mistreated so badly.”
As part of his plea deal, Weiner must register as a sex offender, forfeit his iPhone and passport, and seek ongoing mental health treatment.