L.A. Now Live: Latest on San Diego Mayor Bob Filner controversy
Three ex-supporters repeated their demand Monday for San Diego Mayor Bob Filner to resign 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.
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Gonzalez said a sexual harassment claim will be filed with city officials. Also, lawsuits are a possibility, he said.
Five of Filner’s supporters picketed Monday’s news conference, carrying signs reading “Due Process for Mayor Filner.” Filner has said that although his behavior toward women has been bad, he believes an investigation will prove that he has not been guilty of sexual harassment.
Although Filner last week admitted to treating women on his staff poorly, he stopped short of admitting harassment. He also promised to seek professional help, take a sexual harassment class and apologize to women he may have offended.
“I’m not going to resign, and here’s why,” Filner said in a statement. “As your elected mayor, I fully expect to be accountable to the citizens of San Diego for all of my actions.
“But as a citizen of this country, I also expect — and am entitled to — due process, and the opportunity to respond in a fair and impartial venue to specific allegations. I do not believe I am guilty of sexual harassment, and I believe a full presentation of the facts will vindicate me.”
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