Zack Weiner explains why his campaign flagged his BDSM video

The City Council candidate whose campaign flagged footage of his own BDSM session to The Post mentioned Monday that he was attempting to get forward of a political rival plotting to make use of the clip in opposition to him — and that he’s not ashamed of his sexual proclivities.

Upper West Sider Zack Weiner, 26, mentioned that the video — which exhibits him gagged as a leather-clad dominatrix ex pours scorching wax on him and clips clothespins to his nipples — was already circulating on Twitter and attracting the eye of constituents and opponents when his campaign spoke up.

“There was concern raised by an opponent … reflecting on my poor judgment,” Weiner instructed The Post on Monday, declining to determine the race rival.

“I don’t feel that ultimately this is a wrong thing that I did. … That’s why I feel comfortable,” added Weiner of the BDSM session, explaining that he wished “people to hear me articulate it, rather than my opponent.” 

Joe Gallagher, Weiner’s campaign supervisor, added that he stands by the choice to take management of the narrative moderately than permit it to be fodder in opposition to Weiner.

“We’d heard from candidates and constituents having seen it, so it was one of those things where I thought it would be a really good thing to reach out to a reporter to address it,” Gallagher mentioned Monday. “We had no qualms with the way The Post handled it all.”

Though he beforehand recognized himself as a “proud BDSMer,” Weiner mentioned Monday that earlier than the video surfaced he saved the kink amongst a decent circle of mates.

It was “not something I was very public with … [but] definitely not something I’d say that I find embarrassing,” he mentioned.

Weiner mentioned that he was conscious that the steamy session with a then-girlfriend, which went down about 18 months in the past in a dungeon at Midtown Manhattan’s Parthenon studio, was being recorded, however that he by no means anticipated the footage to see the sunshine of day.

“That wasn’t a proclivity of mine and it’s definitely not the norm,” he mentioned of the filming. “It was more to her taste, the person I was seeing at the time, to film recreationally.”

Weiner mentioned that he believes that the previous flame — whose id he declined to reveal — shared the video amongst mates who’re “also in the scene” when he launched his campaign, and that a kind of mates leaked it onto social media.

“It’s certainly put a strain on the friendship,” mentioned Weiner of his relationship with his ex, including that he would “appreciate an apology,” and that he’s not dominated out authorized motion in opposition to whoever leaked it on-line.

While not ashamed of his kink, Weiner mentioned that the incident has left him with second ideas about letting companions hit “record” throughout intimate moments.

“Yeah, I’m giving a great pause,” he mentioned.

Now, Weiner — who has a campaign rally scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday on the Upper West Side’s Verdi Square to tout “start-up retail and universal basic investment”— is attempting to juggle the twin pressures of a City Council race and the fallout of the video’s leak.

“They’ve stuck by [me] and been vocal,” mentioned Weiner of his supporters and even a few of his rivals within the District 6 race, together with Maria Danzilo.

Also standing by Weiner’s aspect are a gal pal he’s not too long ago began seeing — “She’s not decisively upset” over the video, he mentioned — and his father, who’s a co-creator of the beloved kids’s present “Dora the Explorer.”

“On my father’s end, he’s more [concerned] from the ‘Dora’ angle … than on a personal level,” Weiner mentioned.

“I’ve been pleasantly surprised it’s not a negative reaction,” he continued of the final reception, although noting, “I haven’t been to synagogue yet.”

Weiner, a former pupil at Manhattan’s elite Ramaz School — a Modern Orthodox Jewish establishment — mentioned that he’s nonetheless ready to see how the salacious clip performs out among the many non secular neighborhood.

“A lot of my friends are married,” he mentioned, noting that the story was picked up by the Jerusalem Post. “It’s a vivid departure from the dating stream.”

He added that he’s “been having flashbacks” in regards to the rabbi who served as headmaster at his faculty, and is anticipating to listen to from him.

“That one’s a concern,” he mentioned. “I’m waiting for the shoe drop.”

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