Porn Star: Weiner Bragged About the Size of His ‘Package,’ Asked Me to Lie

A stripper and former porn actress came forward today to say that Congressman Anthony Weiner encouraged her to lie as the scandal about his sending of salacious messages grew worse

The woman, who goes by the name “Ginger Lee,” stood in front of dozens of journalists at the Friar’s Club in midtown Manhattan alongside celebrity attorney Gloria Allred and accused Mr. Weiner of something akin to cyber harassment by continually taking their correspondence “to another level,” as Allred put it.

“I did not sext Anthony Weiner,” Lee said. “I did not send any photos to him or receive any from him. Anytime that he would take our communication in a sexual direction, I did not reciprocate.”

Ms. Lee said that Mr. Weiner phoned her after the scandal broke and instructed her on what to say.

Then, Ms. Lee told the press: “I haven’t met Rep. Weiner. I follow him on twitter because I support him and what he stands for. I have been hounded by his political opponents but that hasn’t changed my view of him and what he fights for.”

She decided that she could no longer vouch for Mr. Weiner after his string of national television interviews and, until today, Ms. Lee had declined to talk to the press.

“Once it got to the point where he lied on national television, I knew anything I said after that would have to be a lie or an admission. I didn’t want to do either,” she said.

Ms. Allred said that Ms. Lee was a “features dancer”–which when pressed, she described as someone whose dancing is featured–but later clarified to say that Ms. Lee dances in clubs. She declined to say which clubs but did say that they were not in New York. She added that Ms. Lee was studying to be a real estate agent, and decided to come forward because she had been unable to work since the scandal broke.

But it seemed likely that the press conference today would do little to lessen the interest in the scandal. Ms. Lee declined to take questions, and it was unclear what the press conference was for, exactly. Ms. Lee did not announce a lawsuit against the Congressman, even with her lawyer standing by her side.

Ms. Lee was first contacted by Mr. Weiner after she wrote on her blog on March 1: “I want to have sexual relations with Anthony Weiner.”

In May, Ms. Lee posted that she had “Weinermania!” and uploaded a picture of the Congressman’s face with a heart around it and the words, “You’re the only Weiner I need.”

Ms. Allred said however that it was Mr. Weiner who tried to turn their correspondence sexual, and that Ms. Lee resisted.

“Ms. Lee is very interested in politics and follows developments on issues that she cares about,” the lawyer said. She began to follow Congressman Weiner on Twitter because he had been supportive of Planned Parenthood and health care, two issues that are very important to her.

“Although discussions at first were about politics, sometime he would try to take it to another level, mentioning his quote, ‘package.'”

Later Ms. Allred read aloud from a series of emails from the Congressman.

“I have wardrobe demands too. I need to highlight my package,” he said in one.

And in other, the Congressman wrote, “All right, my package and I are not going to bend. We both see the hazard of going down the path of comparative sexiness. At least with you the intrusion ends after a few gawks. I get dragged into long commentary sessions at the corner bodega.”

In a third, he told Ms. Lee, “You aren’t giving my package due credit.”

For her part, Ms. Lee seems to have turned away from her Weiner-love.

“She still cares deeply about Planned Parenthood and healthcare but now she feels there are other officials better suited to advocate for these important causes,” Ms. Allred said. “But she will no longer support Congressman Weiner.”

Porn Star: Weiner Bragged About the Size of His ‘Package,’ Asked Me to Lie