Gloria Allred says Filner accusers will grow beyond 10: More accusers expected to come forward

Filner on his 2nd day in therapy

SAN DIEGO - More victims are expected to step forward Tuesday to claim they were sexually harassed by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, according to a prominent attorney.

Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred, who represents the first woman to file suit against the mayor, Irene McCormack Jackson, did not elaborate on her comment. She spoke Monday after McCormack Jackson, the former communications director for Filner, was questioned by investigators for about two hours.

McCormack Jackson, 57, claims that Filner held her in a headlock while demanding kisses. She also alleged the mayor told her she should work without her panties on, that he wanted to see her naked, that he could not wait to consummate their relationship and that he wanted to marry her.

Filner, who has apologized for what he called a failure to respect women and for his "intimidating conduct," began two weeks of behavioral therapy at an undisclosed location on Monday.

In remarks following the questioning, Allred praised her client as the first of 10 women to publicly claim that they were subjected to unwanted sexual advances, kisses or groping by Filner over the past several years.

"She was the first one to have the courage to come forward and publicly identify herself," Allred said. "We're very happy that she did. We think it inspired other women -- it empowered them to have the courage to also come forward and publicly identify themselves and state what they believe is the truth about their experience or observations, interactions with the mayor."

She said they were cooperating with authorities.

The Sheriff's Department has been fielding calls from women who contend they were sexually harassed by Filner.

The mayor is scheduled to be deposed for McCormack Jackson's civil lawsuit on Friday, but it was unknown whether that would happen since he is undergoing two weeks of behavioral therapy.

A spokeswoman for the mayor would not disclose the location of the behavioral therapy or say how it was being paid for, U-T San Diego reported.

The chorus grew for the mayor's resignation Monday, as former state Sen. Christine Kehoe, D-San Diego, and Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles, called on him to step down. Kehoe declined to run for the mayor's office last year when Filner entered the race.

The voices clamoring for Filner to depart include his predecessor, Jerry Sanders; Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif.; Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz; a majority of the San Diego City Council and former allies, including ex-Councilwoman Donna Frye.

A poll showed that 77 percent of San Diegans want Filner to resign. The numbers are similar throughout various demographic and political segments, according to the canvassing of 600 adults contacted by SurveyUSA on behalf of U-T San Diego and 10News.

The respondents were also even on whether they believed the allegations of sexual harassment or accusations of shaking down developers was more important.

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