Huma Abedin says she was sexually assaulted by US senator around 2005

Huma Abedin says she was sexually assaulted by a US senator around 2005 but was able to forget the incident until allegations against Brett Kavanaugh triggered her memory

  • Huma Abedin reveals in her forthcoming memoir that she was sexually assaulted by an unnamed U.S. senator
  • She said the incident happened sometime after Donald Trump’s 2005 wedding to Melania, which she attended
  • She was working in Washington DC for Hillary Clinton, who was a senator for New York from 2001-9 
  • Abedin did not specify which party the senator came from or provide any identifying details
  • She said the alleged assault came when the senator invited her up for coffee after a dinner between senators and aides 
  • Do you know the senator who assaulted Huma Abedin? Email us at: [email protected] 

Huma Abedin has claimed in her forthcoming memoir that she was sexually assaulted by an unnamed US senator. 

The longtime Hillary Clinton aide and estranged wife of former congressman and convicted sex offender Anthony Weiner wrote in her new book ‘Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds,’ out next week, that she was able to put the incident out of her mind for years.

It was not until Christine Blasey Ford was testifying about her alleged assault by Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in 2018 that the memory resurfaced. 

She did not name the senator or his political party.  

Abedin wrote about a Washington dinner, sometime after Donald Trump’s wedding to Melania in 2005, before she was with Weiner. She and Weiner married in July 2010.

Abedin wrote that she attended the dinner without Clinton, then-senator from New York, with ‘a few senators and their aides,’ according to a copy of the book obtained by The Guardian.  

Huma Abedin is seen with Hillary Clinton in May 2005 – around the time that she was sexually assaulted by a senator

Abedin is pictured with Clinton in 2008, while she was still a senator for New York

Abedin, pictured in April 2016 with Clinton on the presidential campaign trail, has written a new book. In it, she reveals she was sexually assaulted by a senator

‘I ended up walking out with one of the senators, and soon we stopped in front of his building and he invited me in for coffee. Once inside, he told me to make myself comfortable on the couch.’

She said the senator took off his blazer, rolled up his sleeves and made coffee before sitting beside her on the couch. 

‘Then, in an instant, it all changed. He plopped down to my right, put his left arm around my shoulder, and kissed me, pushing his tongue into my mouth, pressing me back on the sofa.

‘I was so utterly shocked, I pushed him away. All I wanted was for the last 10 seconds to be erased.’

She said that the senator seemed shocked but apologized and said he had ‘misread’ their relationship. 

Abedin said she then plotted how to leave ‘without this ending badly,’ as the senator asked her if she wanted to stay. 

‘Then I said something only the twentysomething version of me would have come up with – ‘I am so sorry’ – and walked out, trying to appear as nonchalant as possible.’ 

Abedin, now 45, said that she kept her distance from the senator ‘for a few days,’ but eventually ran into him on Capitol Hill. 

He asked her at the time if they were still friends, and she nodded. She wrote that Clinton then came up to join them. 

Huma Abedin attends the 2021 Met Gala on September 13 

The Clinton aide said that the memory of the couch incident was suppressed until she read about Ford ‘being accused of ‘conveniently’ remembering’ her alleged assault. 

Ford claimed Kavanaugh assaulted her at a gathering in high school, Kavanaugh claimed such an incident never happened and was still confirmed to the bench.

Abedin’s estranged husband has had his own repeated sex scandals, one of which involved sexting with a 15-year-old girl – messages which were exclusively revealed by in 2016, leading to his arrest.

Weiner, 56, served 18 months in federal prison for the offense, and he and Abedin separated that same year after the offense. 

Weiner and Abedin married back in 2010, in a star-studded ceremony at a Long Island mansion, officiated by President Bill Clinton, and during which Hillary Clinton called the bride the closest thing she had to a second daughter.

Abedin and Weiner are pictured in November 2015, at a fashion gala in New York City

Abedin and Weiner are seen in September 2017, in Manhattan Civil Court, for a hearing in their divorce case

Abedin and Weiner are seen together after doing the school run with their son Jordan in October 2019

But the couple’s high-powered political union hit troubled waters the following year.

Weiner stepped down from his seat in New York’s 9th congressional district in 2011, after he accidentally tweeted a crotch-shot of himself in his underwear to the public, on his official page. 

Abedin writes in the book that she was ‘filled with rage’ and ‘stunned to the core’ when Weiner confessed to her in 2011 that he accidentally posted a crotch picture in his grey boxers on Twitter, after convincing her for a week that it was ‘the work of a hacker.’ 

She was newly pregnant with their son at the time and was traveling frequently with Clinton, then Secretary of State. 

Weiner accidentally posted the photograph on his feed instead of sending it as a direct message to a woman he’d been flirting with on Twitter. 

Abedin and her husband Anthony Weiner in 2013, two years after the crotch picture scandal when he unsuccessfully ran for Mayor 

This is the photo Weiner accidentally posted on Twitter. He intended to send it to a woman as a private message. The unedited version showed the outline of his penis

He first told Abedin that it was ‘the work of a hacker,’ which she believed, then after a week told her what had really happened.

”’What’s wrong?” I asked,’ she wrote.

‘And then, just like that, life as I knew it was officially over. “It’s true,” he said. “I sent the picture… 

‘I was simultaneously filled with rage and stunned to my core. It felt like a bolt of lightning had struck me and run straight through my body,’ she wrote. 

At the time, Weiner was a Democratic Congressman for New York. He resigned within a few weeks of the scandal, then ran unsuccessfully for New York City mayor twice, in 2005 and 2013.

In 2016, revealed that he had been sending lewd text messages to a 15-year-old girl that included more explicit photographs. 

He served 18 months in prison before being released from jail in 2019. 

Abedin announced in 2016 that she planned to separate from him but the pair has yet to finalize their divorce. 

In her memoir, Abedin told how she’d been traveling with Clinton and was staying at Buckingham Palace in the weeks before the crotch picture scandal erupted. 

She had just discovered she was pregnant and wrote a letter to Weiner from the room where she was staying at the palace, saying: ‘Dear Anthony – Is it possible for any two people to be happier or more blessed? Some days, I cannot believe it. 

‘We must remember to be grateful to God that He has given us so much. I love you. Huma Weiner, May 24, 2011.’ 

The investigation into Weiner’s devices began when revealed that the disgraced congressman had an online sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl for months and sent her lewd messages and pictures 

When the scandal exploded, Abedin said she was most upset when she learned The New York Times planned to report on her pregnancy.

She said she went into Clinton’s office and sobbed. 

‘“I wanted to tell you myself,” was all I could get out before I burst into tears. 

‘She walked me over to the window seat, sat with me, rubbing my back, trying to reassure me, telling me over and over again that it was going to be okay. I was crying so loudly that her assistant Claire Coleman closed the door to the outer office…

‘After I don’t know how long, when I caught my breath, HRC asked, “Do you still want to go on this trip?”

“I think it’s important for me to do my work,” I said, blowing my nose.

“I think it would be good for you to go, too,” she said,’ Abedin wrote. 

Abedin stuck by Weiner. The pair is shown last year in New York City. She announced in 2016 that she planned to separate from him, but they have not finalized their divorce 

Huma is still close with Clinton. They are shown in the Hamptons earlier this year

She went on the trip with Clinton and was stunned when she was told by a White House staffer that then-President Barack Obama wanted to talk to her. 

‘A phone call with the president of the United States to talk about my personal humiliation? It was more than I could bear. “Please just tell him I am so sorry for embarrassing the administration.”’ Abedin wrote. 

She said she ‘didn’t recognize’ the man who sent the crotch tweet. 

‘I did not know that Anthony. The Anthony I knew was so many things, but not that.’ 

Once in ‘the Emirates,’ she went to her hotel room to find her mother and brother waiting. ‘Hillary’ had arranged for them to be there, she said. 

‘HRC and Cheryl joined us after a while, and the conversation turned toward the baby, my maternal health, and plans for the future. One where Anthony’s place was uncertain,’ she wrote. 

 Both/And: A Life in Many Worlds is due out November 2, 2021.

Do you know the senator who assaulted Huma Abedin? Email us at: [email protected] 

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