San Diego council votes to sue mayor, shielding city in harassment case
SAN DIEGO — The San Diego City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to sue Mayor Bob Filner to shield the city from liability in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the mayor by his former press secretary.
The City Attorney's Office said in a statement that the council voted in closed session on Tuesday to authorize the filing of what amounts to a new lawsuit against the mayor.
“If Bob Filner engaged in unlawful conduct and the city is held liable, he will have to reimburse us every penny the city pays and its attorney fees,” City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said in a statement.
Seven women have publicly accused Filner of unwanted sexual advances.
One of them, former press secretary Irene McCormack Jackson, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit on July 22. The City Council's action is meant to protect city funds in that case.
The other women include a retired U.S. Navy admiral and a college dean.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Nurse defies Maine quarantine in standoff over Ebola
- Wash. shooting survivor has jaw surgery
- Ferguson grand jury cleared in leaks about police shooting of black teenager
- Museum saves part of bomber plant
- Terminally ill woman may delay planned Nov. 1 suicide
- Botched probe of suspected arms dealer echoed Fast and Furious, watchdog finds
- Hawaii’s National Guard sent to lava flow site
- Plane slams into pilot training center at Kansas airport, killing 4
- D.C. closer to legalizing sale of pot
- Inmate freed in landmark case
- Few knew of cyber attack on White House computer network