San Diego Mayor Tries to Get City to Pay Legal Fees for Harassment Suit, City Sues Back
The San Diego City Council is suing Democratic mayor Bob Filner to recover any money spent defending him in a sexual-harassment lawsuit, the local ABC affiliate is reporting.
Earlier today, the station reported that Filner’s attorney had requested the city’s taxpayers foot his legal fees; council president Todd Gloria said earlier he didn’t know if the city ”can justify that expense, given the personal nature of the allegations.”
Filner is accused by seven women of sexually harassing them in various ways, including attempted kisses, sexually charged remarks, and sexual advances. His former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson, sued both Filner and the city last week. The embattled mayor has already pledged to take time off to enter therapy.