Local woman describes encounter with Filner

Mayor has apologized for treatment of women

SAN DIEGO - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s apology Thursday about his behavior toward women included no specifics but 10news has heard from one woman who detailed her experience with him.

The incident dates back to around the turn of the century when Filner was a still a congressman, married and back in his home district for a visit. 

The woman, who wanted to remain anonymous, told 10News he asked her to have dinner at "a very nice restaurant in San Diego".

She was single and many years younger than Filner. 

She said she accepted the invitation as a professional meeting, but she realized that his expectations were different from hers. 

"Upon arrival, I realized it was not ... based on the Congressman's mannerisms," she said.

She described him as secretive and that the dinner "did not feel like a merely professional meeting."

She said it became apparent that the dinner was not a professional meeting and that it was  "not his intentions from the beginning."

She handled it as gracefully as she could.

"I had dinner with him and kept the conversation to professional matters only," the woman told 10News.

Afterward, she said they shook hands and parted ways.

"The relationship was not damaged," she said and that they "are cordial to this day."


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