'Mayor Bob Filner tragically unsafe for any woman to approach,' says former supporter
Claims: mayor tried to kiss, grope women
Last Updated: 144 days ago
SAN DIEGO - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is "tragically unsafe for any woman to approach" and "jammed his tongue" down the throat of one woman on a public street, according to the mayor's former supporters who called a second news conference Monday morning to demand that he resign.
Former city councilwoman Donna Frye and attorneys Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs once again called for Filner to resign over sexual harassment allegations.
Filner said he is innocent in a statement released Monday, a few hours before the news conference. He has not been available for further comment.
"Sexual harassment occurs when the behavior is unwanted and causes harm," Frye said.
She recounted what she said one victim told her. The alleged victim was a supporter of the mayor's bid for city office and volunteered on his campaign, Frye said. Once Filner won, the woman met with him to talk about policy issues.
At a first meeting, she felt uncomfortable when the mayor allegedly asked about her personal life, but she brushed it off, Frye said, because she was "excited to have the ear of the most influential person in town."
At a second meeting, as the woman was leaving with the mayor, Frye said the woman told her Filner said, "I want to kiss you, you are so beautiful" and then he started "jamming his tongue down her throat."
The woman didn't want to come off as rude, Frye said, "But this was the mayor who just tried to kiss her."
She reportedly didn't want to leave the mayor alone on the street, so Frye said she let the mayor into her car to drive him home.
According to Frye, the woman told her that's when "the mayor had his hand on the inside of her bra and again tried to put his tongue down her throat."
Frye also recounted what she said another woman told her. That woman's story, along with a third woman's claims, were reported by Team 10 Sunday night.
Gonzalez said Filner told one woman she would do a better job "without your panties on."
"There will be a sexual harassment claim filed," Gonzalez said. "This is something that will have to go to other authorities."
Gonzalez did not say when a claim would be filed.
The attorneys all said they hope they do not have to file litigation.
The goal is "not to extract money," Frye said, "but to make sure these women get help."
"He does not deserve to be the mayor of this city any longer," Gonzalez said.
Gonzalez added the group will do whatever it takes to get the mayor to resign, "whether it is criminal, civil or administrative."
City Councilman Kevin Faulconer issued the following statement regarding the allegations detailed during Monday's news conference:
"The actions described in these stories are despicable. Bob Filner's deplorable behavior and unwillingness to take responsibility are nothing short of an abuse of power. He must be held accountable and he must step down now."
In a DVD statement released last Thursday, Filner admitted to intimidating women in his office. On the recording, Filner said, "I need help." He did not say anything about sexual harassment.
Filner said he was innocent of those allegations on Friday in a statement released through his spokeswoman.
On Monday, in another statement released by his spokeswoman, Filner said he is owed due process as an American.
"I do not believe I am guilty of sexual harassment, and I believe a full presentation of the facts will vindicate me," Filner said in the latest news release.
In other developments Monday, 10News partners KPBS and inewsource reported the mayor's former fiancee broke her silence on the issue.
Bronwyn Ingram, 48, said she also believes the 70-year-old mayor should resign.
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