Great-Grandmother: I Was Also Harassed by SD Mayor

Peggy Shannon: Filner made suggestive comments to me

By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 15, 2013 7:10 PM CDT

(Newser) – With 14 women accusing San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment, could there be any more? Great-grandmother Peggy Shannon answered today in the affirmative, the Los Angeles Times reports. The part-time City Hall employee, aged 67, said Filner made suggestive comments to her, gave her an unwanted kiss, and held a finger to his lips so she would keep quiet when harassment claims first emerged. She made the allegations today at an emotional news conference beside super-attorney Gloria Allred.

"Do you think I could go eight hours straight?" was one of Filner's alleged remarks, said Shannon. "I was shocked he would say that to me," she added, her voice cracking. Shannon has filed a complaint asking for an apology from Filner, who is apparently taking "personal time" after ducking out of "intensive" therapy a week early. Allred put it this way: "He has placed a stain on City Hall and it's going to be very difficult to remove unless he resigns."

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner speaks during a news conference at city hall Friday, July 26, 2013, in San Diego.
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner speaks during a news conference at city hall Friday, July 26, 2013, in San Diego.   (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
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