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Sydney Leathers fine playing ‘villain’ in Anthony Weiner doc

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Monday, January 25, 2016, 12:38 PM

Poor Carlos Danger.

Sydney Leathers, the woman at the center of the sexting scandal that derailed Anthony Weiner’s 2013 New York City mayoral campaign, believes the new documentary “Weiner” will show the shamed politician and wife Huma Abedin in a sympathetic light.

“I know how it’s going to be, with them depicted as victims, and me shown to look like the villain. Clearly, I’m fine playing the villain,” she told the Daily News.

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The film, which premiered Sunday at the Sundance Film Festival, documents Weiner’s failed bid for a political comeback, after he stepped down as a U.S. representative in 2011 for tweeting a picture of his penis to a woman in Seattle.

Sydney Leathers crashed Anthony Weiner’s election party in September 2013.Jin Lee /AP

Sydney Leathers crashed Anthony Weiner’s election party in September 2013.

But Weiner’s mayoral opportunities were also squashed by scandal, after he was forced to admit that he sexted with Leathers using the pseudonym “Carlos Danger.”

The documentary reveals that Weiner’s staffers nicknamed Leathers “Pineapple,” but it isn’t clear what the code-name refers to — and Leathers was confused by the alias.

“I have no idea what that means,” she told The News.

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The film features Leathers trying to confront Weiner at his concession speech — forcing the shamed politician to run through a Midtown McDonald’s to avoid her.

The documentary, made by filmmakers Elyse Steinberg and Josh Kriegman, Weiner’s former chief of staff, features full access to Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin, a close adviser of Hillary Clinton. Leathers was not interviewed for the documentary but understands why she wasn’t contacted, given the filmmakers’ closeness to the subjects.

Leathers says she’s prepared to watch her past on the big screen.

“I feel like I have to,” she told The News of the documentary. “It’s too weird not to watch.”

A new documentary features Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin. Larry Busacca/Getty Images

A new documentary features Anthony Weiner and his wife, Huma Abedin.

Enlarge Sydney Leathers went on a media campaign and turned to adult entertainment after the scandal emerged. © Thunder Kick Photos/Splash News

Sydney Leathers went on a media campaign and turned to adult entertainment after the scandal emerged.

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She admits that the scandal “derailed my life,” and says she did not initially seek attention. When that attention did emerge — she was first outed by Buzzfeed — she went on a media campaign and turned to adult entertainment.

Leathers has since returned to college, and plans to graduate soon. She’s not sure yet what she wants to do following graduation — “I’m just a typical college person,” she said.

Leathers hopes to continue writing. Her work has appeared on the website The Frisky, addressing her famous political scandal and surviving childhood sexual abuse. One of her posts focuses on Monica Lewinsky, best known for her affair with then-President Bill Clinton.

“She and I were both 22 years old when we made mistakes that would haunt us for the rest of our lives,” she wrote.

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Anthony Weiner’s 2013 mayoral bid was derailed by a sexting scandal involving Sydney Leathers.

Screenings of the documentary are scheduled throughout the week, followed by a theatrical release in May and airings on Showtime later this year.

For now, Leathers, 26, is learning how to once again confront her time at the center of a political scandal.

“It’s a weird moment in time, and weird having people bring it up again,” she said. “I have a good sense of humor about it, which helps.”

dgood@nydailynews.com

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