Accused of sexual harassment, embattled mayor to speak at sexual assault event
July 17th, 2013
03:48 PM ET
1 year ago

Accused of sexual harassment, embattled mayor to speak at sexual assault event

(CNN) – San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who has been accused of sexual harassment, will speak at an event next month on the issue of combatting sexual assault in the military.

Filner, a former Democratic congressman, was originally slated to be honored at the National Women Veterans Association of America event. In an telephone interview Tuesday with CNN, National Women Veterans Association of America President Tara Jones said Filner would no longer be honored or appear at the event. In a subsequent interview Wednesday, Jones said Filner would appear and noted that the organization will hold a news conference on Saturday to discuss the matter.

The National Women Veterans Association of America said it had decided to honor Filner for his work his work on veterans and in April gave him an award in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Last week, Filner issued a statement saying he had "diminished the office" of the mayor and admitted that he has "failed to fully respect the women who work for" him.

However, the mayor said this week he does not believe he is guilty of sexual harassment and will not step down from his post.

At a press conference on Monday, former city councilwoman Donna Frye, also a Democrat, appeared with two attorneys to describe how staff members and constituents were allegedly sexually harassed by the mayor.

At the time their lawyers said they would be issuing a formal complaint, but the San Diego city clerk and the city attorney's office said a complaint had not been filed as of Wednesday.

Jones, told CNN Tuesday that Filner "has admitted that he has had inappropriate behavior. To what level of that behavior is to be determined."

But she later added, "We helped put him in there and we will help get him out."

– CNN's Ashley Killough, Chuck Johnson, Mark Preston, Dan Merica and Ashley Fantz contributed to this report.


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soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Right Hand Man

    Jus like a true rapist, he wants to force himself into places he is not wanted...!

    July 17, 2013 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  2. just askin

    oh come on! he's a democrat!! he can do anything he wants to women, anytime he wants to do it. laws and rules do not apply to democrats. just ask obama. they are merely suggestions to be ignored or delayed, as needed.

    July 17, 2013 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  3. yikes

    He should be arrested just for having that nose! YOWSA!!

    July 17, 2013 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  4. PJ

    "...had admitted that he has had inappropriate behavior. To what level of that behavior is to be determined"
    --
    What does that mean : A word here, a pat there might be OK? It has to be a full blown assault before it
    is deemed "inappropriate"?
    I hope she means "we will help get him out" of office.

    July 17, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  5. The Real Tom Paine

    Go away. Resign. Stop insulting our intellegence, and for God's sake, don't plot a comeback.

    July 17, 2013 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. Winning

    Don't circle the wagons around this loser, fellow liberals, he is awful and a disgrace to the democratic party in California.

    July 17, 2013 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    -just askin

    oh come on! he's a democrat!! he can do anything he wants to women, anytime he wants to do it. laws and rules do not apply to democrats. just ask obama. they are merely suggestions to be ignored or delayed, as needed.
    *****************
    Why shoudl this bother you? All righties hate rules, they hate women, so he ought to be your hero. Start a defense fund like you did for George Zimmerman!

    July 17, 2013 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  8. tom l.

    @The Real Tom Paine:
    "All righties hate rules, they hate women..."

    That is so below you and so silly. You really believe that just because someone is a repub that they "hate women". You sound like a child on the school yard. You're just throwing out ad hominem attacks to stifle debate rather than have a real conversation.

    I voted for Ron Paul and believe that a woman has a right to choose. But I think it's quite reasonable that after 20 weeks they should make that decision as there is scientific evidence that shows that a child could start to feel pain right around the 20th week. How does that make someone "hate women"? Also, you do realize that in France a woman can't have an abortion after TWELVE weeks, don't you? I think we can all agree that the French clearly do not hate women, can't we? :)

    July 17, 2013 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |