As 8th Woman Comes Forward, San Diego Sues Mayor

City Council wants Bob Filner to pay back any legal fees

By Ruth Brown,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 31, 2013 7:12 AM CDT

(Newser) – Yesterday, scandalized San Diego Mayor Bob Filner asked the City Council to cover his legal bills in the sex harassment lawsuit filed against him by a former aide. Not only did the council tell him "no way," it's also decided to file a lawsuit of its own against him. The suit would ensure Filner pays the city back for any fines or costs it incurs from the harassment case, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. "Bob Filner can’t pay back San Diegans for the damage he’s done to our city’s reputation, but he can and should repay the city if there are any taxpayer costs as a result of this lawsuit," says a council member.

To make matters worse for Filner, an eighth woman has now accused him of unwanted sexual advances. Lisa Curtin, the director of government and military education at San Diego City College, says following a meeting in 2011, Filner asked to see her alone. She says he then grabbed her left hand and asked if her wedding band was real. "He then asked me if it could come off while I was in DC and if I would go out with him,” she told KPBS. "I said I really didn’t think so. And at that point, he pulled my hand closer to him and he reached over to kiss me. I turned my head at that moment and on the side of my face, I got a very wet, saliva-filled kiss including feeling his tongue on my cheek." Curtin says she was too afraid to report the incident at the time.

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner pauses as he speaks during a news conference on Friday.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner pauses as he speaks during a news conference on Friday.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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