Who is Zack Weiner? Manhattan City Council candidate's BDSM video leaked

Manhattan City Council candidate Zack Weiner did not deny the BDSM video and instead he said, 'I am a proud BDSMer. I like BDSM activity'


                            Who is Zack Weiner? Manhattan City Council candidate's BDSM video leaked
Manhattan City Council candidate Zack Weiner (Twitter)

A young City Council candidate in Manhattan has found his campaign embroiled in controversy after a video of him enjoying a BDSM session found its way to social media.

Zack Weiner, 26, a screenwriter, actor and Manhattan's City Council candidate, immediately owned up to participating in the BDSM session. He did not make any attempts to dismiss the notion that it wasn't him featured in the footage which was said to have been filmed 18 months ago. 

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“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. In the video, a gagged Weiner is seen, unable to speak, subjecting himself to various abuses by a leather-bound woman who is pouring wax on him and clipping his nipples with clothespins. The footage was filmed at Parthenon studio in Midtown, which is known for its high-quality BDSM dungeons.

Later, Weiner confirmed that it was him in the video 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 said. 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.

Campaign manager Joe Gallagher reported to The Post that they had reported the account to Twitter and it had been briefly taken offline, but that it was later reinstated. “Twitter is pretty loose about this stuff,” Gallagher said. Weiner's campaign has raised barely more than $10,000 — the lion’s share of which has come from Weiner and Gallagher. His campaign website lists no endorsements, and he faces powerful establishment opponents like Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer.

Weiner has a background in film production and is the co-founder of Stag Pictures, an independent film production company. Zack’s father, Eric Weiner, is a co-creator of the popular children’s television show 'Dora The Explorer'. “The creative process taught Zack about generating novel ideas,” the candidate writes on his website. According to his website, Zack is described as a lifelong Upper West Sider who went to Chabad pre-school, Manhattan Day School, Ramaz, New School, and Bard. He has done a major in history and thrived in his urban design courses. Since being crowned National History Day City Wide Champion, Zack has maintained a strong interest in New York City’s past and the process of shaping its future. He is an intensely curious individual who spends his free time studying influential New Yorkers: Jane Jacobs to Robert Moses, Ed Koch to Jimmy Breslin. 

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