The US politician whose career has been rocked by 'sexting' scandals has refused to deny he is still sending sleazy messages to women.
Former Congressman Anthony Weiner ducked a question about his current texting habits during an interview with the New York Daily News.
When asked whether there is anyone he is sexting right now, Weiner replied: "You can quibble about beginnings, middles and ends but what we're talking about is over a year ago."
The former Democratic representative, 48, resigned from Congress in 2011 when the sexting scandal broke, and his current campaign for the New York Mayoralty has been hit by a second wave of revelations centring around his lurid messages.
Weiner told NY Daily News interviewer Denis Hamill said the second round of revelations "wasn't such a surprise in retrospect.... I told anyone who would listen that there might be another issue coming up from my past."
He added that "it's hard to be reminded how much dishonour I brought upon not just myself but especially my wife," however he believes his spouse, Huma Abedin, will continue to assist his campaign for mayor, adding:
"We're married. We have a baby together. She's in Washington DC today and was concerned because the baby hasn't been eating properly. Something called a coxsackie infection of the throat. We talk about that. I'm running for mayor. She calls to ask how that's going. We talk all the time."
'I can still become New York mayor - New Yorkers don't care about my private life'
It is alleged that, when the sexting scandal first broke, Weiner hired private detectives to investigate his own fallacious claims that his Twitter account had been hacked.
However Weiner vehemently denied this during his NY Daily News interview, saying "the lawyers hired the investigator."
He also insisted he can bounce back from the latest sexting reports and win the race for New York Mayor, saying: "I have a sense I'm different than the other people running. I'm running a different type of campaign.
"I believe at that end of the day New Yorkers want to make this decision for themselves. They are more interested in ideas that affect their lives than my private life."
'I'm perpetually horny'
Weiner, a father of one, has admitted sending smutty messages to four women during the second raft of revelations, following the half-dozen online liaisons to which he confessed during the first wave.
The second scandal broke when gossip magazine The Dirty posted explicit messages purportedly exchanged by Weiner and a young woman, Sydney Leathers, for a few months in 2012.
Leathers claims Weiner described himself as a "perpetually horny middle-aged man" during their conversations, adding that this description was "completely correct".
However Weiner recently insisted he has put his penchant for flirty SMS missives behind him, and sought professional help for the affliction.