Chief of Staff Lee Burdick says Mayor Bob Filner entered therapy a week early, completed program
Filner's lawyers: Mayor will finish therapy Sat.
Last Updated: 116 days ago
SAN DIEGO - San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's chief of staff confirmed to 10News that the mayor began his therapy a week early and has already completed the program, but a statement from his attorneys said he will finish his therapy Saturday.
On Friday afternoon, Chief of Staff Lee Burdick told 10News reporter Allison Ash that Filner began his two weeks of "intensive" therapy one week earlier due to "intense media coverage."
In a press conference in late July, Filner said he would begin his two-week therapy session on August 5.
He was originally scheduled to come back to work August 19, but Filner is reportedly coming back to San Diego Friday.
When asked, Burdick did not say when the mayor would return.
However, in a statement from Filner's attorneys obtained by 10News noted that the mayor would "complete his voluntary, two-week intensive treatment program on August 10."
The statement from Payne & Fears LLP went on to say, "Upon completion of the treatment program, Mayor Filner is planning to continue therapy sessions on an outpatient basis."
According to the attorneys, Filner will be "taking personal time next week and will be unavailable for comment."
Multiple sources told 10News that the locks at the mayor's office have been changed. Burdick later acknowledged that.
"The fact is that I had the locks changed to protect the mayor while he is away," she told the Voice of San Diego in an e-mail. "My concern is/was that if anything was removed while the mayor was away, it could raise all kinds of questions about preservation or spoliation of potential evidence. Because I could not possibly determine everyone who had keys, I believed it was necessary to ensure the integrity of his physical office in his absence. The mayor will be given the keys upon his return."
Filner has been accused of unwanted advances by 14 women, including two city employees and military veterans who were speaking at an event for females raped while in the armed forces. Some of the women said he tried to kiss and grope them.
Former mayoral communications director Irene McCormack Jackson has sued Filner and the city. A manager who only used her first name of Stacy, has lodged two complaints but has not filed a lawsuit.
He has rebuffed numerous calls for his resignation from political and business leaders, including all nine members of the City Council, the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee, former Mayor Jerry Sanders, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles and Senate Majority Leader Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.
Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., sent an open letter Friday calling for Filner to resign and seek treatment as a private citizen.
"The latest revelations regarding your behavior toward women recovering from sexual assault -- women who desperately need our help -- have shaken me to my core," wrote Boxer, who posted the letter on her website.
The senator noted that she had previously called for Filner to step down because of "the shocking revelations" about the former congressman's behavior toward women.
"But now I must say this directly to you: Bob, you must resign because you have betrayed the trust of the women you have victimized, the San Diegans you represent and the people you have worked with throughout your decades in public life," Boxer wrote.
She said they've known each other a long time, and was speaking to him "on a personal and professional level."
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