San Diego Mayor in Proposed Harassment Deal, Paper Says
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, the first Democrat to lead the eighth-largest U.S. city since 1992, agreed to a proposal to resolve a sexual-harassment lawsuit brought against him by a former spokeswoman, U-T San Diego said.
The City Council will review the proposal tomorrow, the newspaper said, citing City Attorney Jan Goldsmith. He said all parties to the accord have agreed not to disclose any details until after the council meeting, according to KNSD-TV’s website.
Filner, 70, has resisted pressure to step down after more than a dozen women, including a retired rear admiral, a university dean and a great-grandmother, made accusations that included groping, using headlocks and making inappropriate comments. He took a two-week hiatus to receive counseling.
The entire City Council and California’s Democratic U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer have called for Filner to quit. The Democratic National Committee may vote this week on a resolution demanding his resignation. Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a U.S. representative from Florida, told him last month he should resign.
Goldsmith appeared yesterday with other city officials following a mediation session to announce that a proposed resolution had been reached. He said there would be no mediation today, NBC News affiliate KNSD said.
The mayor has apologized for “offending” women, though he said that his behavior fell short of sexual harassment.
The mediation between the mayor’s lawyers and Gloria Allred, attorney for Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner’s former communications director, began this week and were led by a retired federal judge. Also present were other city officials, including council President Todd Gloria, 35, a Democrat who would become acting mayor if Filner leaves office.
Neither Goldsmith nor Allred were available to comment yesterday after normal business hours.
Filner was confronted publicly with the allegations July 11, when three former supporters met with reporters to say the mayor had made unwanted advances and inappropriate comments to women. Several women later stepped forward with similar claims, rising to 18 women as of Aug. 21. McCormack Jackson said Filner asked her to come to work without wearing underwear and held her in a headlock and sued Filner and the city July 22.
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