Attorney Gloria Allred says more accusers could come forward with claims against Bob Filner

Allred says accusers may come forward Tuesday

SAN DIEGO - More accusers are expected to step forward Tuesday to claim they were sexually harassed by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, attorney Gloria Allred said Monday.

Allred, who represents the first woman to file suit against the mayor, Irene McCormack Jackson, did not elaborate on her comment.

Allred spoke after McCormack Jackson, Filner's former communications director, was questioned by sheriff's investigators for about two hours.

McCormack Jackson, 57, claims that Filner held her in a headlock while demanding kisses. She also alleged the mayor told her she should work without her panties on, that he wanted to see her naked, that he could not wait to consummate their relationship and that he wanted to marry her.

In remarks following the questioning, Allred praised her client as the first of 10 women to publicly claim that they were subjected to unwanted sexual advances, kisses or groping by Filner over the past several years.

"She was the first one to have the courage to come forward and publicly identify herself," Allred said. "We're very happy that she did. We think it inspired other women -- it empowered them to have the courage to also come forward and publicly identify themselves and state what they believe is the truth about their experience or observations, interactions with the mayor."

She said they were cooperating with authorities.

"He can run, he can hide, if that's what he's doing, but the day of judgment and justice is near," said Allred.

When asked if she would be representing additional clients, Allred stopped short of an answer.  

"I'll tell you more about that tomorrow. By tomorrow, the number of accusers will grow beyond 10," she said.  

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department has been fielding calls from women who contend they were sexually harassed by Filner.

The mayor is scheduled to be deposed for McCormack Jackson's civil lawsuit on Friday, but it was unknown whether that would happen, since he is undergoing two weeks of behavioral therapy.

Allred is staying in San Diego Monday evening, but would not comment if she would be revealing more information about the case Tuesday.

Allred also demanded transparency on the mayor's therapy.

"I would like to know what kind of therapy he is seeking help for and I think the people of San Diego have a right to know," said Allred.


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