Rep. Anthony Weiner has lawyered up as he fights to calm the political storm stirred by a lewd crotch shot sent from his Twitter account, which he says was the work of a hacker.
“This was a prank, and a silly one. I'm focused on my work," Weiner (D-Brooklyn/Queens) said yesterday.
But it seemed everyone else was focused on the underwear photo, tweeted late Friday directly at a 21-year-old Seattle journalism student, Gennette Cordova. She had joked previously on Twitter that the representative is her "boyfriend."
Weiner, 46, is married to former Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin. He has denied the photo is of him.
"We've retained counsel to explore the proper next steps and to advise us on what civil or criminal actions should be taken," Weiner's spokesman Dave Arnold told amNewYork. "This was a prank. We are loath to treat it as more, but we are relying on professional advice." Arnold didn't return requests asking for further details.
In a statement to the Daily News, Cordova said she's a "fan" of Weiner, but denied allegations that she's his "mistress" and said she's never met him.
"There have never been any inappropriate exchanges between Anthony Weiner and myself, including the tweet/picture in question, which had apparently been deleted before it reached me," she wrote.
The scandal started after the obscene photo was sent from Weiner's account, which more than 46,000 people follow. The photo was quickly deleted.
Biggovernment.com, run by conservative pundit Andrew Breitbart, first reported the story early Saturday. Some conservative bloggers called the embroglio evidence of an affair, while some left-wing bloggers affirmed Weiner's hacker defense.