San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will resign after less than nine months as part of a settlement of sexual-harassment claims from his former spokeswoman, two television stations reported.
The deal with Filner, 70, the first Democrat to lead the eighth-largest city since 1992, will go before the City Council tomorrow, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith told reporters yesterday outside a mediation session. Goldsmith didn’t say whether the deal required Filner to resign.
“Any rumors you hear about this proposal, you can deem to be untrue, because the people standing here are the ones who know about it,” Goldsmith told reporters, accompanied by Filner’s lawyers and several city officials. “We will maintain the confidentiality of the mediation.”
Television stations KNSD and KGTV reported that the settlement will require Filner to leave office once it’s approved. The stations cited several unnamed sources. All nine City Council members have publicly called on Filner to resign.
Filner 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, headlocks and 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.
The mayor has apologized for offending women, though he said that his behavior fell short of sexual harassment.
Yesterday’s 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.
Goldsmith had no comment beyond his statement to reporters, spokesman Mike Giorgino said by e-mail. Allred also declined to answer questions until a news conference at her offices in Los Angeles at 1 p.m. local time.
Filner was confronted 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. By Aug. 21, 18 women had stepped forward with similar claims. McCormack Jackson said Filner asked her to come to work without wearing underwear and held her in a headlock. She sued Filner and the city July 22.
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