In a bombshell that could force embattled Congressman Anthony Weiner to resign, TMZ is reporting that one of his email relationships was with former porn star Ginger Lee and that Weiner instructed her on "how to lie about their relationship … and even offered PR help from his team, which could create major legal issues for him."
Reports TMZ, "Weiner and former porn star Ginger Lee exchanged scores of sexual emails over a long period of time. When the underwear scandal broke on May 28, Lee began receiving calls from the media, and Weiner was more than happy to help her control the situation … by lying."
The TMZ report adds, "Weiner put on a full court press, urging Lee to lie about their relationship. On June 1, he emailed her: ‘The key is to have a short, thought out statement that tackles the top line questions and then refer people back to it. Have a couple of iterations of: ‘This is silly. Like so many others, I follow Rep. Weiner on Twitter. I don’t know him and have never met him. He briefly followed me and sent me a dm saying thank you for the follow. That’s it.’ "
TMZ then says, "Weiner suggested a nice touch–some good ol’ Southern charm: ‘And then maybe insert some y’alls in there.’ "
We here at TVWeek note that a cynic might say it was a formula Weiner himself followed in his press conference on Monday, June 6, 2011: He kept referring back to his top line statement that his priority was to repair his relationship with his wife and how he had hurt her. And he added some sniffles and lots of mea culpas.
The TMZ story continues, "On June 2, Weiner sent Lee a proposed statement she could give to the press: ‘I have nothing to do with the situation involving Rep. Weiner. I follow his twitter feed. And for a brief time he followed me. Much has been made of the fact that I have posted about my admiration for Rep Weiner and his politics. All I can say about that is that I’m a fan of his. Rep. Weiner sent me one short direct message thanking me for following him. I have never met Rep. Weiner and he has never sent me anything innappopriate (sic) …’ Weiner then asked Lee directly, ‘How’s it [the proposed statement] feel?’ "
Also on June 2, TMZ writes: "Weiner emailed Lee, ‘Do you need to talk to a professional PR type person to give u advice? I can have someone on my team call. [Yeah, my team is doing great. Ugh].’ It’s unclear if Weiner’s PR team is from his Congressional staff."
Former porn star Ginger Lee: