SAN DIEGO -- Three ex-supporters repeated their demand for Mayor Bob Filner to resign Monday and said he forcibly kissed two constituents and grabbed the buttocks and breast of a staff member.
Filner's behavior toward women is so egregious that women who work for him call him a "dirty old man" and coined the phrases "the Filner headlock" and "the Filner dance" to describe how he isolates women and then makes unwanted advances, attorney Marco Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez said a sexual harassment claim will be filed with city officials. Also, lawsuits are a possibility, he said.
"Bob Filner is tragically unsafe for any women to approach," an angry ex-Councilwoman Donna Frye said at a news conference outside City Hall.
Five supporters of Filner picketed the news conference, carrying signs reading "Due Process for Mayor Filner." Filner, 70, a Democrat, elected in November, has said that while his behavior toward women has been bad, he believes an investigation will prove that he has not been guilty of sexual harassment.
Frye, Gonzalez and attorney Cory Briggs -- all longtime supporters of Filner -- declined to name the women who have made the allegations.
Briggs said they are trying to "balance the public's right to know and the women's right to privacy."
Gonzalez said that once a claim is filed, investigators will talk to other mayoral staff members, and the police officers assigned to the mayor's security detail, and find that Filner has a pattern of pushing himself on women, starting with leering comments and then escalating to forcible kissing and groping.
"This mayor cannot control himself," Gonzalez said. "... He does not deserve to be the mayor of this city any longer."
The news conference came just two hours after Filner said that he will not resign.