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Published On: Wed, Jul 31st, 2013

San Diego City Council sues Mayor Bob Filner to distance themselves from the sex scandal

San Diego’s City Council made it clear it wants the city to have no part in the legal dealings of Democratic Mayor Bob Filner, who is the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit, allegations of unwanted advances and a chorus of calls to resign.

Bob_Filner_San Diego MayorThe council opted Tuesday to sue Filner in a pre-emptive attempt to have the mayor alone responsible for any costs incurred due to the lawsuit, which also names the city as a defendant.

“His employers, San Diego taxpayers, did not have to bail him out for the mess he created,” City Councilman Kevin Faulconer said.

Seven of nine City Council members have joined former supporters and scores of others in urging Filner, the city’s first Democratic leader in 20 years, to resign.

Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner’s former communications director, sued the mayor and the city July 22. The lawsuit alleges Filner asked Jackson to work without panties, demanded kisses, told her he wanted to see her naked and dragged her in a headlock while whispering in her ear.

Since then, seven other women have offered detailed accounts of Filner’s alleged advances, including touching and forcible kisses.

Filner, who is 70 and divorced, said Friday he would enter two weeks of “intensive” therapy August 5 instead of resigning.

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