Huma Abedin filed for divorce from former Rep. Anthony Weiner on Friday, the same day he pleaded guilty to sexting children.
Abedin, a personal assistant to Hillary Clinton, was not present at Weiner’s hearing.
At the hearing Friday, Weiner accepted responsibility for his conduct. “I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse,” he said through pauses and bouts of tears in an emotional statement. “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.”
As part of the plea agreement, Weiner, 52, will register as a sex offender and also will have to forfeit his iPhone, surrender his passport and continue mental health treatment. He is also barred from having any contact with the minor.
The government recommended between 21 and 27 months imprisonment, which Weiner’s counsel agreed to, though ultimately it is up to a judge to decide.
The New York Post reported:
Huma Abedin filed for divorce Friday from disgraced perv hubby Anthony Weiner — the same day he pleaded guilty to sexting with a minor.
Abedin brought an “Anonymous vs. Anonymous” action in Manhattan Supreme Court, asking for the court to seal the case.
The filing is uncontested, meaning she is not expecting a fight over custody of the couple’s only child, 5-year-old son Jordan, or their assets.
Given Weiner’s guilty plea — and soon-to-be status as a sex offender — it appears that Abedin holds all the cards, specifically when it comes to their son, experts said.
“She could run to family court and file a petition [attempting to limit his access] immediately,” noted lawyer Israel Fried, who specializes in repping sex offenders.
“She could also seek an order of protection,” Fried said.
Divorce lawyer Michael Stutman, who repped former New York Knicks guard Raymond Felton in his divorce from Ariane Raymondo, agreed, saying, “She certainly has a leg up now on any custody battle.”
If Abedin wants to put the screws to Weiner, she could probably limit his access to Jordan to chaperoned-only visitation, Stutman said.
“If Huma were my client, based upon what I have read, my advice to her would be she needs to be careful and able to demonstrate that she has acted reasonably to protect her child,” Stutman said. “You don’t leave him alone with the kid when you’re out of town. You have a nanny. You have Grandmom and Grandpa come over.”
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