Filner's ex-fiancée Bronwyn Ingram addresses mayor, has message for San Diego

Ingram appears at briefing with Gloria Allred

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's former fiancée, Bronwyn Ingram, spoke briefly at a news conference in Los Angeles Thursday and gave a message to anyone running for office.

"Having spent all of last year in a grueling campaign," Ingram said, "I also want to urge all of the candidates to run good campaigns."

The comment suggested Ingram did not believe Filner would remain mayor.

Ingram's statement was brief, and she spoke in a soft voice. She appeared with attorney Gloria Allred, who has a client with a sexual harassment lawsuit against the city.

Allred said she and Ingram appeared together to again ask the mayor to resign. She said Ingram was one of the first people to ask Filner to step down.

At the end of her statement, Ingram said, "Let us now all pull together and work together and help return San Diego to its rightful designation of 'America's Finest City.'"

She did not take any questions.

Ingram announced the split in a letter on July 8 that dissolved "Team First Lady" -- an activist group she formed after Filner's election.

A week later, she told 10News partners KPBS that Filner was verbally abusive toward her, and blatantly sent sexually explicit text messages to other women.

Since then, she had not publicly spoken to the media until Thursday.

Ingram went with Filner to France, a trip that he initially said was paid for by a nonprofit group. That claim later turned out to be false, and Filner reversed course and has said he would reimburse an Iranian pro-democracy group for the trip.

Filner had always said Ingram paid her own way, but Ingram has never commented about the trip.

While in France, with Ingram at his side, Filner proclaimed, "It's the women who are going to set us free."

Less than two weeks later, sexual harassment claims began to rock the city.

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