Mayor likely will not give deposition before 'intensive therapy'

Deadline is Aug. 9

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner likely will not give a deposition before he goes into "intensive therapy" for behavior counseling, according to a spokesperson at the San Diego City Attorney's Office.

"There are no plans to depose the mayor over the weekend," the spokesperson said via email.

City attorney investigators served the mayor with a subpoena last week in the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against Filner by his former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson.

The deadline for the deposition is one week from Friday, Aug. 9, but the mayor is to begin behavior therapy on Monday.

Questions to the city attorney's office about whether the deposition would happen while Filner was undergoing therapy were not immediately answered. But City Attorney Jan Goldsmith has previously told Team 10 Investigator Mitch Blacher his office would work with the mayor to get the deposition before the deadline.

If Filner does not complete the deposition for the lawsuit by the deadline, he could be held in contempt of court.

The mayor has said he is innocent of sexual harassment, but he has admitted he has "intimidated" women and announced he will seek help.

In an interview with Univsion television, the mayor said he had a "monster" inside him.

Filner has declined to be interviewed by Team 10 every day for more than a month.

Keep up-to-date with all developments on San Diego's embattled mayor on the special Team 10 page "Mayor Under Fire" page. (Mobile users: http://ow.ly/nxxWd)

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