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NY Rep. Lee resigns after bare-chested photo surfaces

(NBC) - New York Representative Chris Lee resigned after the exposure of a bare-chested photo sent to a woman who posted a personal ad on Craigslist.

The announcement of his resignation came just hours after news broke that Gawker.com posted the photo, and flirtatious emails.

Lee said he was a single Washington lobbyist, but is really married, with a child.

In a statement, Lee admitted "profound mistakes" and said: "I regret the harm that my actions have caused my family, my staff and my constituents. I deeply and sincerely apologize to them all."

"It's a very, very public life and wherever you go anywhere, you know you're likely to be on tape," Iowa Representative Steve King said.

The woman broke contact after Googling him and learning he is a two-term Congressman.

Last fall, Lee won 74 percent of the vote.

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