NEW YORK -- Anthony Weiner said Thursday that he'd traded racy messages with as many as three women since similar sexting forced him out of Congress. But as he tried to tamp down questions about his behavior, a poll suggested the new disclosures were taking a toll on his mayoral prospects and the House's top Democrat excoriated him.
Facing a third day of renewed queries and criticism of his conduct as he continued campaigning, the married Democrat also said he supposed he'd had sexually charged exchanges with six to 10 women while serving in Congress; he'd said previously there were about six.
Weiner, the former congressman who resigned in 2011 after the first batch of sexts surfaced, is running for New York mayor and had been competitive in most polls of the Democratic primary race until the latest furor over his behavior began this week when the gossip website The Dirty posted explicit messages that a woman said she and Weiner sent each other starting in July 2012.
The scandal got seamier Thursday when The Dirty posted an unredacted crotch shot that it said Weiner sent to a woman last year.
Weiner said Thursday he was still "working with people" to get help dealing with his penchant for X-rated online flirting, but he disputed any suggestion that it's an addiction.
"I don't believe that it is. The people that I am working with don't believe that it is," he said as reporters questioned him after a campaign event.
"The point is that it's behind me," he said. "I have worked through these things."
He admitted his sexting habit had extended into last year, as he and his wife strove to create a public image of a healing marriage after his 2011 resignation from Congress.