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11 Notable US Sex Scandals

In 1999, Anthony Weiner became the Democratic representative of New York’s 9th congressional district. On May 27, 2011, he sent a photograph of his nether regions to one of his Twitter followers, with the area in question obscured only by a pair of gray boxer shorts. The scandal became known in the press as “Weinergate,” and when the congressman admitted his guilt in a June 6 press conference, he insisted that he would not resign his seat.

Though Weiner may survive the scandal, other politicians have not been so lucky. Click ahead to see the former icons who lost their status after sex scandals.

By Daniel Bukszpan, Special to CNBC.com
Updated 07 June 2011

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