Embattled Rep. Anthony Weiner says he will seek professional help and take a temporary leave of absence from Congress.

Earlier, the Democratic Party hierarchy demanded on Saturday that Weiner resign from the House of Representatives for sending online material ranging from sexually suggestive to explicit to several women.

“This sordid affair has become an unacceptable distraction for Representative Weiner, his family, his constituents and the House,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, said in a written statement calling for the New York lawmaker to quit.

The House Democratic leader, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of California, said Weiner “has the love of his family, the confidence of his constituents and the recognition that he needs help. I urge Congressman Weiner to seek that help without the pressures of being a member of Congress.”

Weiner had no immediate reaction.

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