FOXNEWS: NY GOP Rep. Christopher Lee quits amid reports of online adultery

Posted on February 9, 2011

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FOXNEWS — Rep. Christopher Lee resigned Wednesday after a report claimed the married Republican congressman sent a shirtless photo of himself to a woman on Craigslist.

Earlier Wednesday Lee, asked by Fox News about the report as he was walking to his car, said he was not willing to talk about the issue, adding “I have to work this out with my wife.”

The New York congressman left his office Wednesday after a report surfaced on the website Gawker claiming an anonymous 34-year-old woman was contacted by Lee after she placed an ad in the “Women for Men” personals section on Craigslist.

According to the report, he used a Gmail account, which was later deleted, to contact the woman, claiming to be a divorced lobbyist. Lee is married with one son. The article said Lee at first sent a normal picture of himself and then sent a “PG-13 muscle picture” — the picture published by Gawker showed a shirtless man posing in a mirror.

“Thanks…so do you always send shirtless pics to women from cl?” the response e-mail said, according to the correspondence published online.

“Sorry. Its all I had,” the sender replied.

A Lee spokesperson earlier said that the congressman believed he’d been a victim of hackers, noting that Lee sent a message to his staff about a security breach on Jan. 21 — though the published e-mails were dated a week before the CraigsList incident took place.

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