Allies Accuse San Diego's Mayor of Sex Harassment

Former supporters call for him to resign

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 11, 2013 12:54 PM CDT

(Newser) – Some of San Diego Mayor Bob Filner's top supporters are demanding he resign, over allegations of sexual harassment that are thus far vague. "As one who supported you for mayor and encouraged others to do the same, I cannot describe how anguishing it is to ask that you now vacate the office," writes former Filner administration official Donna Frye, in a letter obtained by KPBS. But she says she "received credible evidence of more than one woman being sexually harassed by you."

Lawyers Cory Briggs and Marco Gonzalez, both Filner supporters, sent similar letters. "What we would not accept for our enemies, we cannot condone of our friends," writes Gonzalez, who says he has "multiple women clients" alleging mistreatment, though none have yet filed lawsuits. The allegations come hot on the heels of Filner's breakup with longtime fiance Bronwyn Ingram last week.

This Nov. 7, 2012 file photo shows San Diego Mayor Bob Filner smiling during a news conference at a park in San Diego.
This Nov. 7, 2012 file photo shows San Diego Mayor Bob Filner smiling during a news conference at a park in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
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