Details not released on sexual harassment claims against Mayor Bob Filner

'Numerous' women have not come forward yet

SAN DIEGO - No specific details about the sexual harassment allegations against Mayor Bob Filner were released at a news conference Thursday morning by three of the mayor's former supporters who are now asking him to resign.

But the accusers said there are numerous women who have made specific claims -- women who have worked for the mayor.

Attorney Marco Gonzalez said there were no criminal allegations, but he said he had to do this for his client, and as a "human being." He did not identify his client.

"There may come a time when these women come forward, there may not," Gonzalez said. "It's not our place to relate their stories, that's their decision."

Other former supporters who asked the mayor to resign over sexual misconduct claims were former councilwoman Donna Frye and attorney Cory Briggs.

Frye said she knew of the claims for some time, but "absent someone coming forward, the solution was not clear to me at all."

Frye said eventually, someone did come forward, to her. In fact, she said she had "credible evidence" from several women.

"There is no doubt in my mind that these allegations are true," Frye said. "The mayor will have to go into his own heart, his own soul, his own brain, and deal with that."

"All I can say is that there are women out there… who did not feel they would have someone willing to put themselves on the line to speak up for them," Gozalez said.

He mentioned women working in offices, in the press and women who had worked for Filner's campaign.

"When you are ready ... we will be here," Gonzalez said. "We have heard you ... and we don't think this should continue."

All three former Filner supporters asked him to resign through letters sent to his office this week.

Reaction to the allegations began pouring in from other local officials.

Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego, said "serious and grievous accusations of harassment" were conveyed to him by people he knew and trusted, although the facts were not yet fully known.

"However, if the allegations are true, this behavior is inexcusable, shows terrible disregard for women, the voters and the thousands of people who worked tirelessly to support the mayor's candidacy," Peters said.

Former Mayor Jerry Sanders said the "recent events at City Hall are unfortunate and we hope these women are not further victimized."

City Council President Todd Gloria said people should be able to work in an environment free of harassment and intimidation.

"I offer my assurance to any person who may have been harassed that their claims will not be discounted should they come forward," Gloria said. "All applicable administrative and legal protocols will be followed by the city."