3 former supporters of Mayor Bob Filner to hold news conference
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SAN DIEGO - Three former supporters of Mayor Bob Filner who called on him to resign last week amid sexual harassment allegations will hold a news conference on Monday.
Former San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye and lawyers Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs are scheduled to hold a news conference Monday at 11 a.m. at the Civic Center Plaza, according to a tweet by Gonzalez. It is unknown what they will address.
10News attempted to contact Frye and Gonzalez on Sunday but did not hear back.
The announcement comes as Filner was spotted Sunday at the San Diego Pride Festival, an event that he said he would not attend due to the controversy.
Frye, Gonzalez and Briggs each sent letters to the mayor earlier this week, urging him to step down.
They held a news conference last Thursday but no specific details about the allegations against Filner were released.
In a video statement released hours after Thursday's news conference, Filner admitted he had mistreated women in his office and apologized for his behavior.
His statement via DVD stated in part, "As someone who has spent a lifetime fighting for equality for all people, 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."
The mayor said he had started working with professionals to make changes in his behavior and approach, and would participate in sexual harassment training.
Gonzalez said Friday that he, Frye and Briggs stood by their original demand, despite Filner's apology video.
Local elected officials have called for the mayor to resign, including San Diego City Council President Todd Gloria, Councilman David Alvarez, Senate Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins and Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez, who is the sister of Marco Gonzalez.
Friday evening, Filner said he was innocent of sexual harassment allegations.
"I am confident that a fair and independent investigation will support my innocence with respect to any charges of sexual harassment," the mayor's statement reads.
Filner has never admitted guilt to those claims. He had only said he was guilty of intimidating women he worked with in the past, according to the video statement released Thursday.
Despite calls for his resignation, Filner has indicated that he would not step down.
According to a 10News/U-T San Diego poll, an overwhelming number of San Diegans say they want to see Filner step down. Of the 700 people surveyed, 59 percent said the mayor should resign, while 30 percent felt he should stay in office. Eleven percent said they were not sure.
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