After BDSM Video Surfaces, Manhattan City Council Candidate Takes Ownership

Monday June 21, 2021

Zach Weiner in a screenshot of a BSDM video posted on Twitter
Zach Weiner in a screenshot of a BSDM video posted on Twitter  (Source:Twitter)

A Manhattan City Council candidate got some unexpected attention last week, and wished he hadn't. "Zack Weiner, 26, a city council candidate running in Manhattan, has found his campaign tied up after video of him enjoying a sadomasochism session found its way onto Twitter," reports the New York Post.

"My magnificent domme friend played with Upper West Side city council candidate Zack Weiner, and I'm the only one who has the footage," reads a tweet from the anonymous account which posted the video last week.

The footage shows Weiner gagged and being consensually abused by a leather-bound woman who pours hot wax on him and clips his nipples with clothespins. The footage was filmed at Parthenon studio in Midtown — which is known for its high-quality BDSM dungeons, the Post reports.

In a call with The Post, Weiner confirmed it was him in the video and said the footage was made about 18 months ago with a former girlfriend he met during a Halloween party in 2019.

"I didn't want anyone to see that, but here we are. I am not ashamed of the private video circulating of me on Twitter. This was a recreational activity that I did with my friend at the time, for fun. Like many young people, I have grown into a world where some of our most private moments have been documented online," Weiner said in a statement.

"I am a proud BDSMer. I like BDSM activity," Weiner told The Post. He refused to name the woman in the video and said he had no idea how on earth the footage surfaced. "It's definitely a violation of trust," he added.


In tweet, Weiner wrote: "Whoops. I didn't want anyone to see that, but here we are. I am not ashamed of the private video circulating of me on Twitter. This was a recreational activity that I did with my friend at the time, for fun."

He continued: "Like many young people, I have grown into a world where some of our most private moments have been documented online. While a few loud voices on Twitter might chastise me for the video, most people see the video for what it is: a distraction ... I trust that voters will choose a city council representative based on their policies and their ability to best serve the community."

"Weiner's political platform is focused on improving the quality of life for District 6 residents, addressing the area's storefront vacancy, improving financial literacy, and bettering neighborhood policing, his website says," reports Business Insider.

Twitter was alive with support for Weiner: