The teenager whom notable politician Anthony Weiner was caught sending illicit messages to gave an in-depth interview to Inside Edition, in which she explained the sequence of events that may have changed the course of events of the 2016 election.
“I knew that Hillary Clinton would be running for president in the year 2016,” says the unnamed teen, whose father gave permission for the interview to show her face, as she is still a minor. “I wanted to see if Anthony was still up to the same antics.”
She says she was 15 years old at the time of her first contact with Weiner.
"I just sent him a nice message, 'Hello, I'm a huge fan,'" she recalled. She said it only took him "minutes" to reply with effusive compliments, in which he described her as “attractive” and “gorgeous” and said, “Your body is pretty insane."
"I knew that it was going downhill really fast," she noted after receiving images of him shirtless holding his son. "I was disgusted... That's part of the reason I came forward."
Weiner's messages grew increasingly obscene and the content of them could not be aired on television.
The controversy caused by the teen's interaction with Weiner ultimately led to a more thorough investigation of Hillary Clinton's behavior, as Huma Abedin (Weiner's wife at the time) was working as vice chair of Clinton's 2016 campaign. Clinton's emails, around which the investigation circulated, became the subject of considerable debate, with some saying the situation contributed to her downfall.
“I was having self-esteem issues when this whole thing started with Anthony Weiner,” the teen told BuzzFeed back in November. “Now as a result of my frailty, this could take down the United States presidential election. I mean, come on, who’s in charge of America?”
Weiner would later go on to admit to having “obscene communications with this teenager, including sharing explicit images and encouraging her to engage in sexually explicit conduct, just as I had done and continued to do with adult women."
The full interview with the teen, in which she will discuss the fallout from the scandal, will air on Monday, September 11.
[Photo: Screenshot from Inside Edition]