Donna Frye honored with Woman of Courage award
Five Filner accusers by her side during ceremony
Last Updated: 85 days ago
SAN DIEGO - For the first time since former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner was forced out of office, the woman who led the charge for his accusers is talking to 10News about the battle.
Former San Diego City Councilwoman Donna Frye was honored for her courage Monday evening at Fifty-Seven Degrees wine bar in Midtown.
"It was one of the most difficult things I've ever done in my life," Frye told 10News.
She was candid and clear while talking with 10News about her role in the fall of the former mayor.
"It was devastating to find out that someone that you put your trust in, your hope in and your belief in to make the city better … that he was only going to make things worse," Frye added.
For her bravery, which began with a tearful news conference 10 weeks ago, Frye was given a Woman of Courage award from local California political action committee, Run Women Run.
"She had amazing courage to step up and call the mayor out on the carpet and really break the code of silence of sexual harassment that goes on in many workplaces," said Michelle Burton, the president of Run Women Run.
Even when that workplace is the mayor's office.
When asked if Filner ever called her, Frye said, "Bob actually did call me."
His call came on the same day as her tearful plea. He left a recorded message on her answering machine.
"He started off by saying he was sorry and that he was going to put out some apology and then he proceeded to blame other people for what happened," said Frye.
Standing at Frye's side when she was given the honor were five Filner accusers, including Laura Fink, Irene McCormack-Jackson, Joyce Gattas, Ronne Froman and Patti Roscoe.
"They stood right there and called him out just like I did, so it's for all of us," she added.
As for her own political aspirations, 10News asked why Frye is not running for San Diego mayor.
"Not for me right now. You know, I gave at the office for a few years," Frye said, jokingly referring to her time spent working at City Hall.
But on a more serious note, she added, "I think I am just sort of able to help other people and root out corruption."
She adds that there is still some serious unfinished business though, that the women involved in the Filner harassment claims deserve justice and financial compensation.
She said her courage comes from those women and from her own family.
"My mom and my grandma … they gave me the good genes, so I could stand up and talk about things that are right and wrong," she said.
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