Weinergate Picture Recipient: 'I'm Collateral Damage'

Gennette Cordova, who received a lewd picture from Rep. Anthony Weiner's Twitter account, says she just wants to get on with her life. 

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Gennette Cordova (The New York Post)

Gennette Cordova, the 21-year-old college student who received the crotch shot at the center of this week's Weinergate scandal, told the New York Post that she's exhausted by the media attention she's received.

"I'm just collateral damage," she said. She believes the photo (which the congressman can't say "with certitude" isn't of him) was intended for someone else -- perhaps stripper and porn actress Ginger Lee, who Weiner followed until recently. But she doesn't expect an apology and says she simply wants to get on with her life.

"I haven't slept much," she said. "I've just been constantly monitoring what's being said about me. It's crazy."

If she's so eager to "get [her] privacy back," why did she grant the Post an interview and photo shoot? She agreed to pose for pictures to offset what she said are unflattering snapshots of her, some from social media sites, that have appeared.

"Some of the pictures have been really bad -- just me out partying and stuff," she explained. "My grandparents have been seeing this. It's so embarrassing."

There's more than enough embarrassment to go around as this scandal continues to unfold. If nothing else, it's provided a wake-up call to everyone from congressmen to college students to use more discretion, or at least tighten up security and privacy settings, before posing (clothed or not) and posting. 

Read more at the New York Post.

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