Huma Abedin, Anthony Weiner call off divorce

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin attend a news conference in New York

New York mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin attend a news conference in New York Thomson Reuters

Weiner, a Democrat, resigned his U.S. House seat in 2011 amid a sexting controversy involving women, only to have new allegations doom his 2013 run for NY mayor.

Abedin, a top Hillary Clinton aide, filed for divorce last May after her estranged husband pleaded guilty.

Top Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin and disgraced former lawmaker Anthony Weiner have made a decision to negotiate their divorce privately.

Ms Abedin announced she was separating from her husband a month before the FBI began investigating Weiner in 2016 when it was reported he asked a 15-year-old girl from North Carolina to undress on camera.

Abedin was scheduled to appear in Manhattan Supreme Court Wednesday afternoon for a compliance conference in their contested divorce. "In order to reduce any impact of these proceedings on their child, the parties have chose to reach a settlement swiftly and privately", according to a statement from an attorney for Abedin.

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The judge confirmed from the bench that the case had been discontinued.

After some more reporters got on the story, such as Buzzfeed's Mary Ann Georgantopoulos, it became clear that the divorce was still on, however, and that the couple were simply settling the matter outside of court. One of the infamous images was of Weiner lying in his underwear next to his son, sporting an obvious erection.

The following day, Abedin announced she was separating from her husband.

The couple share custody of their six-year-old son.

In September, 53-year-old Weiner was sentenced to 21 months in jail.

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