Admitted sex offender Anthony Weiner's legal team made efforts to keep their client out of jail late Wednesday by acquiescing that their client is a 'weak man' with a 'deep sickness.'
A sentencing memorandum was filed in Weiner's federal case of sending indecent material to a minor, just hours after he had been in court for a divorce hearing with estranged wife Huma Abedin.
In the memorandum he and his lawyers plead with the federal judge to allow him to remain out of prison ahead of his Sept 25 sentencing.
The filing on Weiner's behalf called him a 'weak man' in a 'self-destructive spiral' after it was revealed he sent 'sexually explicit' messages to a teenage girl.
Admitted sex offender Anthony Weiner and his estranged wife Huma Abedin appeared before Judge Michael Katz at The Supreme Court of New York for a hearing over their divorce on Wednesday (pictured)
Abedin remained mostly expressionless in court. The divorce case is contested, as Abedin is seeking full custody of their 5-year-old son
The girl who exchanges sexts with Weiner revealed her face on Friday. She is not being named because she is still a minor but her father gave permission for her face to be shown
His lawyers also cast the young girl, who has not been named, but has been revealed publicly, as 'profit seeking,' in her underage sexting with Weiner in 2016.
This crime is a product of a sickness,' the memo read. 'No one can dispute that Anthony's operatic self-destruction, of which the instant case has been but the final act, was born of deep sickness.'
'This crime is a product of a sickness,' the memo read. 'No one can dispute that Anthony's operatic self-destruction, of which the instant case has been but the final act, was born of deep sickness.'
The court filing included letters from Weiner and his estranged wife, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, who appeared with him in state court earlier in the day at a divorce proceeding, looking more like a couple than not.
In a heavily blacked-out letter, Abedin wrote: 'With Anthony, I have repeatedly found myself in circumstances I never imagined. I am devastated by Anthony's actions, and I understand he must face their consequences.'
The lawyers described Weiner, a once powerful Democrat, as having committed a crime, though 'one far less egregious than any sexting case that has been prosecuted in this district.'
They said he never sought out teenagers on the internet and didn't engage in other predatory behaviors typical of those arrested in similar cases.
'He responded to the victim's request for sexually explicit messages not because she was a teenager but in spite of it,' the lawyers said.
The lawyers said Weiner had caught the eye of 'a curious high school student, looking to generate material for a book the government has disclosed she is now shopping to publishers.' They said the girl documented their interactions from the outset, photographing her phone to preserve messages, before selling her story to a British tabloid for $30,000.
The lawyers said the investigation of Weiner was 'quite improperly injected into the U.S. presidential election, quite possibly affecting its outcome.'
'After the election was over, the high school student told government investigators that this had been one of her goals from the outset,' Weiner's lawyers wrote.
The girl told Inside Edition in an interview she knew that Clinton, a Democratic former U.S. secretary of state, senator and first lady, would be running for president last year.
'I wanted to see if Anthony was still up to the same antics,' she said.
In a letter to U.S. District Judge Denise Cote, who will sentence Weiner on Sept. 25, Weiner wrote that 'regret for my crime is profound' and that he had endangered the well-being of a 15-year-old girl.
'My continued acting out over years crushed the aspirations of my wife and ruined our marriage,' he said.
Earlier in the day he and his estranged wife Huma Abedin arrived separately to appear before Judge Michael Katz at The Supreme Court of New York for a hearing over their divorce on Wednesday.
In the hearing, Weiner was visibly upset, huffing and puffing while Abedin remained mostly expressionless. The hearing was brief, a prelude to what could be a long and acrimonious proceeding, although the judge stated that both wanted to resolve the divorce amicably.
The hearing came just days before Weiner is scheduled to be sentenced for texting obscene material to a 15-year-old girl on September 25.
Abedin, 41, a close aide to Hillary Clinton, filed for divorce on May 19, the same day Weiner, 53, pleaded guilty to federal obscenity charges related to explicit messages he sent to the teenager.
The former political power couple's seven-year marriage was strained by Weiner's repeated 'sexting' relationships with numerous women, including a college student, a porn star and a Las Vegas blackjack dealer.
The divorce case is contested, as Abedin is seeking full custody of their 5-year-old son.
Abedin seemed to dominate the conversation when she sat next to the former congressman while keeping a cool expression, but Weiner could not match her poker face
Although Abedin stood by Weiner through recurrent sex scandals that destroyed his career, the final straw for their marriage was Weiner's months-long sexting relationship with a high school sophomore
During the hearing, Judge Katz acknowledged the two wanted to resolve their divorce amicably and added that he hoped to help them work something out that would work for their family.
He said: 'I certainly would encourage you to try to work out a plan together with your attorneys' assistance.
'It certainly would be better for your son if you could do that. It would save you a lot of stress. Hopefully the financials can be worked out amicably as well.'
When the lawyers for the two parties went into a back room with the judge, the once happy couple moved to sit next to each other and talked quietly.
Abedin seemed to dominate the conversation while keeping a cool expression, at one point smiling, while Weiner could not match her poker face.
Both of their lawyers asked for privacy in the matter, but the judge allowed for a photographer to enter the courtroom because their attempts to keep their separation under wraps has not been successful.
Although they arrived separately, the two walked into the Manhattan courtroom together and then hurriedly left the building after 30 minutes, having a black car whisk them away.
Abedin stood by Weiner through recurrent sex scandals that destroyed his career but the final straw for their marriage was Weiner's months-long sexting relationship with a high school sophomore.
Both of their lawyers asked for privacy in the matter, but the judge allowed for a photographer to enter the courtroom because their attempts to keep their separation under wraps has not been successful
The judge acknowledged they wanted to resolve their divorce amicably and added he hoped to help them work something out that would work for their family
Abedin seemed to be able to keep her emotions in check and was composed during the hearing while Weiner walked into the room visibly upset