US House grants scandal-hit Weiner leave of absence

WASHINGTON, June 13 Mon Jun 13, 2011 8:00pm EDT

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WASHINGTON, June 13 (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives granted a two-week leave of absence on Monday to Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner as he seeks professional help after being snared in an Internet sex scandal.

Weiner, 46, obtained the leave after rejecting calls from Democratic leaders this past weekend to immediately resign after his belated admission that he sent online messages and lewd photos of himself to at least a half dozen women and lied about it.

(Reporting by Thomas Ferraro, editing by Will Dunham)

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