Rep. Anthony Weiner Twitter Prank

Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., has hired a lawyer after a lewd photo of an unidentified man was posted to his twitter account and directed at a 21-year-old female college student from Seattle.

A spokesman for Weiner said the congressman is exploring “civil or criminal actions” in response to the incident, which he called a “prank.”  It’s unclear whether the office has also requested an independent investigation.

The twitter post, which appeared Friday night and was quickly deleted, was first reported on by conservative website Biggovernment.com.

Gennette Cordova, the alleged target of Weiner’s tweet, said in a statement Sunday to the New York Daily News that even though she’s a “fan” of Weiner – who was also following her on twitter – she has never met the congressman.

“I cannot answer the questions that I do not have the answers to. … I also do not have a clear understanding as to how or why exactly I am involved in this fiasco.”