Democratic House Member Denies Link to Racy Twitter Photo

Tuesday, 31 May 2011 07:45 AM

By James Hirsen

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It's a typical day in Hollywood.

Producers are busy scrambling for material similar to that of the record-breaking box-office champ of the three-day weekend, "The Hangover Part II."

Anthony Weiner, one of New York's Democrat House members, is very active on Twitter, having approximately 45,000 followers.

One of the people Weiner follows back is a 21-year-old college co-ed, Gennette Nicole Cordova, who lives in Seattle, Wash.

On the Friday night prior to Memorial Day weekend, a Twitter feed was sent addressed to Cordova and appeared to be from Weiner. The tweet was linked to an offensive photo of a man in his briefs.

Because Weiner and Cordova followed each other, Twitter messages could have been exchanged privately; however, this one was public.

Incidentally, back on April 9, 2011, Cordova had tweeted, "I wonder what my boyfriend @RepWeiner is up to."

The tweet with the offensive photo was removed about four minutes after it had been posted. Weiner's Twitter account was soon inundated with posts from Weiner, stating that his Facebook account had been hacked.

An hour later the congressman posted that his Twitter account had also been hacked.

The link in the offensive tweet, which had been placed in Weiner's public twitter feed, was connected to his private photo sharing account on yfrog.com.

Weiner and his staff say that they are investigating the matter. The congressman has hired a lawyer to research civil or criminal charges against the perpetrator(s).

The news media have even provided a title right out of the "Hangover" genre. They have dubbed the story "Weinergate."

James Hirsen, J.D., M.A. in media psychology, is a New York Times best-selling author, media analyst, and law professor. He is admitted to practice in the U.S. Supreme Court and has made several appearances there on landmark decisions. Hirsen is the co-founder and chief legal counsel for InternationalEsq.com. Visit Newsmax TV Hollywood: www.youtube.com/user/NMHollywood

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