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SAN DIEGO — Mayor Bob Filner said Monday that was “saddened” by the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him but that he remains confident that he is not guilty and will prevail.


Irene McCormack Jackson, right, files lawsuit alleging Filner harassed her and said ‘crude and disgusting’ things.

“Once due process is allowed to unfold, I am certain there will be a better understanding of this situation,” Filner said in a statement.

“I remain committed to the people of San Diego and the work that needs to be done.

“My dreams and plans for moving this City to new heights are continuing. I humbly ask that through this vicious storm of controversy, people take a moment and temper their rush to judgment.”

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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.


San Diego Mayor Bob Filner

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.

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SAN DIEGO (KTLA) — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner issued a public apology Thursday for sexually harassing women, but refused to resign despite emotional pleas from former supporters to step down.

In a videotaped statement, Filner acknowledged his actions were inappropriate and vowed to change his behavior.

“I am embarrassed to admit that I have failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me, and that at times I have intimidated them,” Filner said.

In his statement, the mayor also admitted he needed help.  “I have begun to work with professionals to make changes in my behavior and approach. In addition, my staff and I will participate in sexual harassment training provided by the city.  Please know that I fully understand that only I am the one that can make these changes,” Filner said.

Filner’s admission came just hours after a news conference where friends and supporters called on him to resign for what one called “truly reprehensible” behavior toward women.

No details were released about the sexual harassment allegations made against Filner.

At the news conference, Former City Councilwoman Donna Frye and lawyers Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs said they were working with the women involved to determine how next to proceed.