ABC News’ Devin Dwyer ( @devindwyer) reports: The Washington State college student who was the target of a lewd photo posted to Rep. Antony Weiner’s Twitter account Friday appears to be defending her electronic ties to the congressman.
A posting to the account @GennetteC, believed to belong to 21-year-old Gennette Cordova, says she became a Twitter “follower” of Weiner after seeing him on a Fox News program two months ago.
“Actually, I became a fan after I saw him demolish Bachmann on Hannity about 2 months ago,” the post says. “It was great.”
Cordova, who could not be reached for comment by ABC News, has previously said she has never met Weiner, even though one of her earlier tweets referred to Weiner as a “boyfriend” and Weiner also “followed” Cordova on Twitter.
“There have never been any inappropriate exchanges between Anthony Weiner and myself, including the tweet/picture in question, which had apparently been deleted before it reached me,” she said in a statement to the New York Daily News.
Cordova appeared to explain on Twitter today that she gave the statement to the paper Sunday because one of its reporters was “pretty aggressive” and she wanted to put a stop to the inquiries about the lewd photo of an unidentified man.
“Alison Gendar [reporter with N.Y. Daily News] was pretty aggressive. I contacted her so she'd stop calling my friends,” @GennetteC tweeted. “She was nice though.”
Cordova temporarily disabled her Twitter and Facebook accounts, stopped answering her phone and asked the editor of the college newspaper in Bellingham, Wash., to remove her name from the website.
“Cordova asked us to remove any stories by her from our online site. We partially complied with her request by removing bylines, but left the stories she wrote online since they are of value to our college community,” the Whatcom Community College paper “The Horizon” said in a statement. “Since Cordova has since released a public statement, we are reinstating the bylines as of May 31, 2011.”
“If anything, I should have ‘scrubbed’ my info off the Internet more quickly and efficiently than I did,” @GennetteC said Monday on Twitter.
“I wasn’t hiding anything. My friends, family, editor and school were contacted because they were linked to me on the Web. I didn’t want that.”
ABC News’ Desiree Adib contributed to this report.