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19th woman accuses Mayor Filner of sexual harassment

August 27, 2013|By Tony Perry
  • San Diego Mayor Bob Filner enters the council chambers to announce his resignation in exchange for the city defending him against a sexual harassment lawsuit by a former staff member.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner enters the council chambers to announce his resignation… (Bill Wechter / Getty Images )

SAN DIEGO — Another woman — the 19th — has gone public with accusations that Mayor Bob Filner sexually harassed her.

The woman had worked in Filner's mayoral campaign and was eager to meet him at a school event in May, her attorney, Daniel Gilleon, said Tuesday.

He identified her as Marilyn, a secretary for a workers' compensation judge. She is also an advocate for women who have victims of domestic violence, he said.

"She had always been a fan," Gilleon said. "She went from fan to complete disdain for Filner within a matter of minutes."

Filner pulled her toward him, kissed her forehead and slowly took a nametag off her clothing over her breast, Gilleon said. All the while, the woman, described as being in her 50s, was shocked and trying to get away, he added.

A claim may be filed with the city, Gilleon said. On Monday, Gilleon filed a claim on behalf of city employee Stacy McKenzie.

"I feel there are going to be others," Gilleon said.

Filner's resignation is set to take effect at 5 p.m. Friday.

The 70-year-old Democrat agreed to resign in exchange for the City Council agreeing to pay for his legal defense against a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner's former director of communications.

"To all the women that I offended, I had no intention to be offensive, to violate any physical or emotional space," Filner said after the council approved the deal. "I was trying to establish personal relationships."


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