(CNN) — The woman who exchanged the sexually explicit messages that have thrown Anthony Weiner’s New York City mayoral campaign into damage control mode said Thursday the former congressman deceived her when he contacted her online.
“I felt manipulated,” Sydney Leathers told the television program “Inside Edition.” “Obviously I felt like he’s saying one thing to me, another thing to his wife, saying another thing on the campaign trail. I don’t know who the real Anthony Weiner is I guess.”
Later, Leathers claimed Weiner became “controlling” toward the end of their online relationship.
“He would tell me that he would be jealous,” Leathers said. “He would look at my Facebook frequently. He would tell me that he would get jealous if other men would compliment me. Just little stuff like that.”
Weiner’s campaign declined to comment on the interview with Leathers.
The messages between Weiner and Leathers – some of which included lewd photographs of Weiner — came to light Tuesday on the gossip website TheDirty. The site claimed Weiner vowed to purchase a condominium for Leathers in Chicago, as well as secure her a place on a panel for political bloggers.
A friend of Leathers told CNN on Wednesday the 23-year-old Indiana native was a strong supporter of the New York politician even after he resigned from Congress amid similar circumstances two years ago.
Leathers actively posts about politics and her Democratic views on Facebook, and had previously included Weiner in a list of political heroes.
She said in the “Inside Edition” interview she was blown away that the former congressman would revert to the behavior that led to his resignation from Congress in 2011.
“I was shocked because I didn’t think he would be so foolish as to do the same thing all over again,” she said. “He was making these campaign promises that he had totally changed, and he was a better man now, and he learned from his mistakes, and I have proof that that was not true.”
Leathers “cared” about Weiner, she said, and knew that he wanted her to erase any evidence of their “very sexual” conversations.
But now, as their conversations have come to light, Leathers no longer sees Weiner in quite the same way.
Asked by “Inside Edition” correspondent Jim Moret whether Weiner was trying to “pull one over” on voters, Leathers replied, “Absolutely.”
“Otherwise he wouldn’t have went on the whole ‘I’m a changed man, I’ve learned my lesson, I wouldn’t have said those things’ if he wasn’t trying to be someone he wasn’t,” she said.
Her verdict of Weiner now? She recalled a description the politician used about himself in one of their conversations.
“The exact wording was that he was an argumentative, perpetually horny middle aged man,” she said. “And at the time, I was like, ‘Oh no, you’re not.’ But yes, he is.”