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Bob Filner expected to resign as part of harassment settlement

Posted By KRISTEN BUTLER, UPI.com   |   Aug. 22, 2013 at 11:01 AM   |   Comments

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Aug. 22 (UPI) -- San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is expected to resign as part of a settlement reached Wednesday evening regarding his alleged harassment of numerous women which included groping, forced kissing, lewd comments and unwanted advances.

As of Wednesday, 18 women had publicly alleged that the disgraced mayor sexually harassed them, including his former communications director, who is represented by Gloria Allred. The country Sheriff's Office has set up a hotline specifically for such claims against Filner.

Irene McCormack Jackson, the first of the women to come forward with allegations since July, has a sexual harassment suit pending against Filner and the City of San Diego.

Allred and McCormack Jackson were present for negotiations, along with attorneys representing the city, overseen by a federal judge.

The city has refused to pay Filner's legal defense, and Filner has refused to step down. Filner voluntarily underwent two weeks of behavioral therapy at an inpatient facility, but residents continue to call for him to step down.

The settlement breaks that impasse, and video from Wednesday evening seems to confirm an upcoming resignation.

Shared on Twitter by Diana Palacios, deputy chief of staff to Councilman Scott Sherman, the video appeared to show Filner leaving San Diego City Hall with a number of boxes.

But City Attorney Jan Goldsmith addressed rumors by saying the process "requires that we maintain confidentiality of the proposal." The San Diego City Council will review the proposal, and is expected to vote on the resolution in a closed session on Friday.

The Democratic National Committee is reportedly adopting a five-page resolution demanding that Filner, formerly a 10-term Democratic congressman, resign.

If Filner resigns, a special election would occur within 90 days at an estimated cost of $1 million to $1.5 million, and campaigns could launch as soon as Saturday.

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