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San Diego council votes to sue mayor, shielding city in harassment case

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By Reuters
Tuesday, July 30, 2013, 8:39 p.m.
 

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.

 

 
 


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