Bob Filner Finishes Therapy

by Sterling Beard

Embattled San Diego mayor Bob Filner has already completed his two-week-long therapy program for sexual harassment, his chief of staff said today.

ABC 10 in San Diego reports that Filner entered therapy one week earlier than he had previously announced he would because of “intense media coverage,” according to Lee Burdick, his chief of staff.

Filner was originally scheduled to return to work on August 19, but Burdick did not say when the mayor would return.

The revelation comes hours after Democratic California senator Barbara Boxer called for Filner to resign in a personal letter to the mayor, telling Filner that he had “betrayed the trust of the women you have victimized, the San Diegans you represent and the people you have worked with throughout your decades in public life.”

Filner has been accused of sexual harassment by over a dozen women and is the subject of two lawsuits, one from his former communications director Irene McCormack Jackson, the other from the city itself to recover damages and fees.