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In exchange for his long awaited exit as Mayor, the city of San Diego will pay Bob Filner's legal fees and his share of damages in a lawsuit according to anonymous sources. An estimate puts that amount around several hundred thousand dollars.
The body count is up to 18, possibly more, women who have alleged Filner groped, licked, squeezed and harassed them. Filner refused to leave office, even as women continued to come forward.
In a news conference Thursday, Allred said that although she does not know the details of the mediation deal, it would be "morally repugnant" for the city to "make a gift of public funds" to Filner so that he can, in effect, continue to fight against the lawsuit
Originally posted by bg_socalif
reply to post by wrabbit2000
It's been pretty crazy...lol Even the Democrats wanted to him to resign. It's amazing SD will pay his legal fee's and lawsuit damages. I guess they just want to be rid of him asap.
His accusers included three business executives, two college officials, two military veterans, a Navy admiral, two singers, three city employees and a nurse.
Jackson said she took a $50,000 pay cut to join Filner's staff because she believed in his political agenda. Instead, she said, she found that Filner was verbally abusive to her and others and that he once told her she would do better work if she would not wear panties.
Originally posted by wrabbit2000
reply to post by Indigo5
I can see legal expenses being covered for behavior during a person's term of office IF that behavior had ANYTHING to do with their duties within that office. Say..the Mayor made an official decision which resulted in some horrible outcome. I can see defense for that...
However, the fact he sought out public office so he could find more victims (that argument works as well as what his defense people bring up) shouldn't give the criminal a free pass on legal costs because he happened to be successful in trawling 18 or more times.
It's like saying a rapist could claim the same because ..gee..he raped while in office and ONLY those he worked around. Well, this turkey isn't far from it from what I've read in details (and some new definitions of Rape have him one lucky man to be in California, I think). He should get nothing but an arraignment on sexual assault charges and a trial date ...as an EX-Mayor.
Key dates in the sexual harassment scandal of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner:
Nov. 6, 2012: Filner, a 10-term congressman, is elected mayor. He is the first Democrat in 20 years to lead the nation's eighth-largest city.
Dec. 3, 2012: Filner takes office.
June 20, 2013: Filner communications director Irene McCormack Jackson confronts Filner at staff meeting about unwanted sexual advances. Allen Jones, Filner's deputy chief of staff, quits.