HILLARY Clinton's top aide Huma Abedin was married to disgraced politician Anthony Weiner who was allegedly caught in a number of sexting scandals.
In October 2021, Abedin alleged that an unnamed US politician had sexually assaulted her in her younger years.
Who is Huma Abedin?
Huma Mahmood Abedin was born on July 28, 1976 in Michigan.
She began her career as an intern to the then-First Lady Hillary Clinton in the White House in 1996.
Then, for more than a decade, she took a break from politics before returning to become Hillary's aide and adviser when she ran for US Senate in 2000.
From there she became her travelling chief of staff and has been a key figure in Hillary's presidential campaigns, working as a trusted adviser to her on the Middle East in particular and being dubbed her "secret weapon."
In July 2010, former President Bill Clinton performed Huma'a wedding ceremony to the then-Congressman Anthony Weiner.
At the reception Hillary said: "I have one daughter, but if I had a second daughter, it would be Huma."
Just over a year later she gave birth to a baby boy, Jordan Zain Weiner.
But in August 2016, she announced her separation from Weiner following sexting allegations against her husband.
Why has her estranged husband Anthony Weiner hit the headlines in the past?
The disgraced congressman was investigated for allegedly sexting a 15-year-old schoolgirl.
It's the fourth time he has been caught up in a sexting scandal after using Twitter to send an explicit picture to a woman aged 21 in Seattle, Washington.
Later he was investigated by police for allegedly texting a girl of 17 from Delaware, but he denied sending inappropriate messages.
It was reported that Weiner also sent a shirtless, cropped picture of himself to another woman over the internet – one of which was sexually graphic.
Weiner, who was a member of the of the US House of Representatives and ran for New York Mayor twice, was dumped by his wife after his sexting came to light.
The US congressman also allegedly sent photos of himself in bed with a pair of white boxers on.
Shockingly, it was reported that his young son was also in the photo.
He denied having any physical relationship with any of the women but the furore forced him to resign from Congress in 2011.
What was the most recent scandal to hit Huma Abedin and Anthony Weiner?
Police seized Weiner's mobile phone and other computers which were also used by Huma in 2017.
In October 2017, FBI director James Comey announced that emails which were sent from the computer could contain material that was “pertinent” to the Hillary Clinton email controversy.
Huma is alleged to have forwarded some of her emails from her secure government address to a Yahoo account as it was easier to print them from there.
The relaunched probe into Mrs Clinton centers around whether these messages contained classified information.
Mrs Clinton had faced a long-running probe into her use of a personal email address for her work communications but the FBI said that although she had left herself open to hackers, there were no grounds for prosecution.
It is thought the investigation could have ruined Clinton's chances in the presidential election where she lost out to Donald Trump.
What did Huma Abedin say about her alleged sexual assault?
Abedin, 45, made the bombshell allegation in her upcoming memoir, Both/And: A Life In Many Worlds that she was assaulted by an unknown politician when she was in her early twenties.
According to The Guardian, which obtained an advanced copy of the book, Abedin claims that the sex assault occurred more than 10 years ago, when she was working as an aide to then-Senator Hillary Clinton.
Abedin said the assault happened after a dinner attended by “a few senators and their aides,” adding that Clinton was not there.
She wrote: “I ended up walking out with one of the senators, and soon we stopped in front of his building and he invited me in for coffee.
“Once inside, he told me to make myself comfortable on the couch.”
According to Abedin, the senator then took off his blazer and rolled up his sleeves, before making coffee and chatting with Abedin.
He then "plopped down to my right," Abedin claims, "put his left arm around my shoulder, and kissed me, pushing his tongue into my mouth, pressing me back on the sofa.
"I was so utterly shocked, I pushed him away,” Abedin writes. “All I wanted was for the last 10 seconds to be erased.”
Abedin said the senator apologized after the incident, claiming that he "misread" her intentions.
The senator then asked if Abedin wanted to stay the night, she claims.
Abedin wrote: "Then I said something only the twentysomething version of me would have come up with – ‘I am so sorry’ – and walked out, trying to appear as nonchalant as possible."
The aide said she then stayed away from the senator "for a few days" but remained friendly with him.
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