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Friday, July 26, 2013

San Diego Mayor To Get Therapy Amid Scandal

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner apologizes for his behavior in this frame from a video produced by the city of San Diego Thursday, July 11, 2013. (City of San Diego via AP)

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner apologizes for his behavior in this frame from a video produced by the city of San Diego Thursday, July 11, 2013. (City of San Diego via AP)

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner said Friday he will undergo therapy after less than a year in office amid allegations that he sexually harassed women.

Filner announced his plans after a series of women claimed he kissed, groped and placed them in headlocks.

Filner apologized to voters, his staff and the women he allegedly harassed, but added: “Words alone are not enough. I am responsible for my conduct. And I must take responsibly for my conduct.”

The allegations resulted in widespread calls for him to resign, plunging the nation’s eighth-largest city into political turmoil.

When the allegations surfaced, Filner apologized for disrespecting women and said he needed help. But soon after, he said he was innocent of sexual harassment and resisted calls to leave office.

The chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee called on Filner to resign as did leaders of the San Diego Democratic party.

The former congressman was San Diego’s first Democratic mayor in 20 years.

Filner’s own political party called for the leader of the nation’s eighth-largest city to resign as four more women identified themselves as targets of his sexual harassment, bringing to seven the number of women who have offered detailed accounts that include unwanted touching.

Guest

  • Tony Perry, San Diego bureau chief for the Los Angeles Times. He tweets @LATsandiego.

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