Marilyn Monroe impersonator Emily Gilbert accuses Bob Filner of sexual harassment

Alleged incident happend at charity event

SAN DIEGO - A Marilyn Monroe impersonator has become the ninth woman to accuse Bob Filner of sexual harassment.

San Diegan Emily Gilbert has performed as Marilyn Monroe for several years, but she sang as herself during a charity performance late last year for children and families.

It was at that event, Gilbert said, that the mayor "took me to the side and he said, 'Oh, Marilyn, you look so amazing,' even though I wasn't performing as Marilyn that day."

Gilbert added, "He touched my arm, held me too long; he rubbed the small of my back and grabbed my derriere."

Gilbert admitted that people see the sex appeal in her performances as Monroe, but she stressed that the incident happened at a charity event and noted that she is a married woman.

"Obviously, as an entertainer, people look at you that way, but I've never had a client touch me in the way that the mayor did," Gilbert said.

Gilbert said she decided to speak out when Filner decided not to step down.

She said she has no plans for money or to participate in any lawsuit; she just wants Filner gone.

"I really don't think he deserves the position. Two weeks in rehab isn't going to change his behavior … especially at the age he's at now," Gilbert said.


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