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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Is The Next Politician Facing Sexual Allegations

Bob_FilnerMayor Bob Filner has previously faced anonymous allegations "that he harassed 'numerous' women," according to Politico. Now, his former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson, is coming forward as well. She and her celebrity attorney, Gloria Allred, are filing a sexual harassment lawsuit, according a a press conference held this past Monday. 

McCormack Jackson, a former reporter, resigned from her position as communications director last June. According to her and Allred, this was due to repeated sexual misconduct by Filner. "Women were viewed by Mayor Filner as sexual objects or stupid idiots," said McCormack Jackson, "His behavior made me feel ashamed, frightened and violated." Allred then detailed a few occasions in which Filner "asked McCormack Jackson to 'work without her panties on,' placed her in a headlock, and told her that he wanted to consummate their relationship." Allred also added that there were witnesses for certain events. Both women called for Filner to resign. “He is not fit to be mayor of our great city. He is not fit to hold any public office.”

Mayor Filner responded to the allegations on Monday, saying that “I do not believe these claims are valid...That is why due process is so important. I intend to defend myself vigorously and I know that justice will prevail.” He has also denied previous allegations of sexual misconduct, and has subsequently resisted multiple calls for his resignation

Allred, who has already taken on the likes of Tiger Woods, O.J. Simpson, and Herman Cain, told reporters that she hasn't yet received contact from anyone on Filner's side. She is asking for anyone who has been victimized by Filner, or anyone with information on any of the incidents, to come forward. “We think that silence only favors the wrongdoer and not the victims.”

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  1. Said mayor said what??

    Posted by: tcw | Jul 25, 2013 7:49:40 AM

  2. Said mayor said what??

    Posted by: tcw | Jul 25, 2013 7:49:41 AM

  3. The heterosexuals are ruining this country with their promiscuous behavior! It's against God's laws!

    Posted by: Jack M | Jul 25, 2013 8:59:49 AM

  4. OK. I know the answer, but have to ask: where are all the moralistic pundits on this and other similar scandals? What about The Childern? The Moral Decay of America? The respect for Marriage?

    Posted by: Christopher | Jul 25, 2013 9:28:58 AM

  5. He's the life of every party, apparently. If your boss is harassing you, you'll need some solid evidence when you go to court. However, in many states you can't record a conversation without the permission of the second party. A witness, or perhaps an e-mail would be the best evidence. Hopefully they have some.

    Posted by: anon | Jul 25, 2013 9:47:18 AM

  6. "I do not believe these claims are valid"

    Sorry, but saying you do not BELIEVE they are valid is not a denial. That statement alone tells me he is guilty.

    Posted by: John | Jul 25, 2013 10:37:48 AM

  7. Been 'round God's country and there's one thing I know, there's no better place for jackin' it than San Diego!

    Posted by: chris255 | Jul 25, 2013 11:52:52 AM

  8. Gloria Allred, America's favorite sexual ambulance chaser.

    Posted by: jamal49 | Jul 25, 2013 12:17:34 PM

  9. " I do not believe these claims are valid." Does he mean the alleged actions never happened, he has no memory of doing this or the claims are accurate but he doesn't think it was harassment ?

    Posted by: plaintom | Jul 25, 2013 2:05:35 PM

  10. about bloody time! Hi, forget Weiner, this is the real deal.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Jul 25, 2013 2:10:33 PM

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