10th woman comes forward to accuse Mayor Bob Filner of harassment
Alleged incident occurred in La Jolla in June
Last Updated: 128 days ago
SAN DIEGO - A 10th woman has come forward to 10News to accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment.
Renee Estill-Sombright said the incident occurred at the La Jolla Presbyterian Church in June. It was an incident that she described as creepy.
"We were standing face-to-face and he held on to me and he was like, 'You are so beautiful,'" she said.
Estill-Sombright was at the church attending a breakfast to benefit a group that helps refugees from Africa. She had met Filner once before, so she decided to walk over to him and re-introduce herself.
She says Filner grabbed and held on to both her hands. But the "you're so beautiful" comment was just the beginning.
"'You are so beautiful and I cannot take my eyes off of you,'" she said. "'I just cannot take my eyes off of you.'"
Estill-Sombright says she was taken off-guard.
"I said,' Oh, thank you,'" she said. "I kind of felt weird."
Then came a line which has become all too familiar.
"'Do you have a husband? Are you married?' And I was like, that was kind of odd for him to ask me that," said Estill-Sombright.
Then, there was an invitation.
"And he said, 'Well, you know this is a personal invitation. I would like to take you out sometime,'" she said.
Later that day, back at the bank where she works, Estill-Sombright decided to confide in her assistant branch manager.
"I was like, the mayor came at me and she said, 'What? He's engaged,'" said Estill-Sombright. "I said, 'Oh my gosh ... nasty, just nasty.'"
Estill-Sombright now becomes the 10th woman to step forward and accuse the mayor of harassment. Not surprisingly, she has joined with her fellow accusers in calling for Filner to step down immediately.
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