Divorcing amicably would “certainly be better for your son,” a judge told former Democratic Congressman Anthony Weiner and Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin on Wednesday at the couple’s first divorce court hearing.
Weiner, who is awaiting prison sentencing later this month on a federal obscenity charge involving a 15-year-old girl, and Abedin walked into the Manhattan courtroom together, sat together and chatted during breaks in the proceedings.
The judge, Michael Katz, said the couple appeared to be on track to “resolve this amicably” and said he is seeking to “hopefully help you work something out that works for your family” and “save you a lot of stress.”
Abedin’s lawyer, Amy Donehower of Manhattan, asked the judge to keep the case confidential, filed as Anonymous v. Anonymous.
“Because there is a child involved, we’d like to keep the proceedings secret to the extent your honor will allow,” she said.
The judge said he would rule on the secrecy motions at a later date but allowed the press to photograph the proceedings, citing the American presumption of open courts.
Abedin, Clinton wrote in her new book, broke into tears when learning about her sexting husband’s latest troubles involving photographs of an underage teen, and how it implicated Clinton’s private email server.
Neither answered reporters’ shouted questions in the courthouse corridor.
The divorce hearing came almost four years to the date that Weiner ranked in near last place while running for mayor in 2013, a comeback bid from his resignation from Congress over sexting in 2011. The disclosure that Abedin was pregnant came after the revelation that Weiner had kept up his habit of sexting with strangers, which felled his mayoral aspirations. Their son, Jordan, was born months later.