Gloria Allred has resignation ‘gifts’ for Mayor Bob Filner
SAN DIEGO -- Attorney Gloria Allred, who filed the sexual harassment lawsuit that led to the resignation of Mayor Bob Filner, had three “gifts” for him Friday as his resignation becomes effective at 5 p.m.
The first gift, Allred told a morning news conference, is a wallet-sized, laminated card providing the legal definition of sexual harassment. Filner should consult the card whenever he approaches a woman, Allred said.
The second gift is a mirror: so Filner can look at the person most responsible for his disgraceful exit as mayor of San Diego.
And the third gift, Allred said, is a card with the salutation, “I look forward to seeing you soon in deposition.”
The lawsuit Allred filed on behalf of Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner’s former director of communications, is still under mediation, the attorney said. The first goal, she said, has been accomplished: Filner’s resignation.
“The second goal is justice for Irene,” Allred said.
Also at the news conference, which was dubbed a “going-away party,” were two other women represented by Allred who have accused Filner of sexual harassment: city employee Peggy Shannon and nurse Michelle Tyler.
Shannon thanked the public for being supportive when she went public with her accusation that Filner kissed her, asked for dates and made sexual comments. Tearfully, she said that she wanted to thank “God, who has given me the strength to come forward.”
Of Filner, she said, “I was a victim and now I’m a survivor.”
Tyler has alleged that Filner harassed her when she met him at City Hall to ask for his help in dealing with the Department of Veterans Affairs on the case of former Marine Katherine Ragazzino, who was wounded in Iraq. Ragazzino was also at the news conference.
Ragazzino thanked Rep. Scott Peters (D-San Diego) for helping her with the VA.
As a closer, Allred read a message from Filner’s ex-fiancee, Bronwyn Ingram, expressing hope that Filner’s successor has a “progressive vision for San Diego.”
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