Former representative Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) estimates that he had illicit online relationships with six to 10 women while in Congress and no more than three after resigning, a revelation that comes as a new poll shows his support dropping.

“I don’t believe I had any more than three,” Weiner told reporters when asked how many women he sent explicit messages to after stepping down in 2011. As for the number of women he corresponded with inappropriately while in office, Weiner said, “Six to 10, I suppose — but I can’t tell you absolutely what someone else is going to consider appropriate or not.”

In his most detailed description of his questionable behavior so far, Weiner admitted that he regularly engaged in sexually explicit online relationships with young women he did not know.

The New York City mayoral candidate said he was continuing to get professional help for his behavior but said he does not consider his online dalliances an addiction.

The candidate spoke Thursday at a soup kitchen in Brooklyn, where he hoped to highlight his plan to create a “nonprofit czar” for the city. But that initiative was overshadowed by Weiner’s more detailed account of his history.

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