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July 25th, 2013
07:49 PM ET

Monica Lewinsky's PR man: Scandal will define Sydney Leathers for the rest of her life

The woman at the center of the latest Anthony Weiner scandal, Sydney Leathers, gave in interview to "Inside Edition," which was a bad move, said reputation expert Howard Bragman.

"I would advise someone to get small," said Bragman, vice chairman of Reputatation.com and founder of public relations company Fifteen Minutes.

"This is going to define her, really, for the rest of her life right now. You're going to Google this young lady, and this is what you'll see," said Bragman.

Sexually explicit messages between Weiner and Leathers – some of which included lewd photographs of Weiner – came to light Tuesday on the gossip website TheDirty.

The site claimed Weiner vowed to purchase a condominium for Leathers in Chicago, as well as secure her a place on a panel for political bloggers.

Bragman worked with Monica Lewinsky and Rachel Uchitel in the past.

"To a person, no one has come out of this whole. No one has come out of this without pain; no one has come out of this wealthy. Monica did sell a book and a documentary, but she also had hundreds of thousands in legal fees and lots of personal pain," said Bragman.

"If it couldn't have happened, she would have made it not happen," said Bragman.

In her interview with "Inside Edition," Leathers said she felt "manipulated."

"Obviously I felt like he's saying one thing to me, another thing to his wife, saying another thing on the campaign trail. I don't know who the real Anthony Weiner is, I guess."

Bragman said that Leathers will likely write a book about the scandal in the next year and a half, but eventually nobody is going to care, and it will not be a big deal anymore.

"There's just not the big payday that people think there [is]," said Bragman.

The public relations expert said young people do not value their privacy, as evidenced by some of the photos Leathers posted online.

"She's probably excited about the attention now, but I promise you down the road, it's not working in her favor," said Bragman.

The other half of this scandal, Anthony Weiner, is also trying to do some image control.

The scandal has sent Weiner's unfavorability ratings to an all-time high, a new Wall Street Journal/NBC4 New York/Marist poll found.

Asked if Weiner can do anything to change public perception, Bragman said, "I think prayer is good. I think he should pray that more of these don't come up."

"I don't think it's going to go away, and I think he's pretty much toast," said Bragman.

On Weiner's wife, Huma Abedin, speaking in his defense, Bragman said that is what you do for someone you love. Abedin is close to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, serving as one of Clinton's top aides and advisers.

"She pulled that right out of the 'stand by your man' playbook from Hillary Clinton. But I will say Anthony Weiner is no Bill Clinton, and I don't think he's got the kind of political career ahead of him that Bill did, and I don't think he'll survive the scandal," said Bragman.

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