Council refuses to pay for Filner’s defense

Council refuses to pay for Filner’s defense

[trib_ndn vid=24985171]SAN DIEGO – The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to deny Mayor Bob Filner’s request for the city to pay for his defense in a sexual harassment lawsuit.

The decision came in response to a request from Filner’s privately hired lawyer Harvey Berger. Filner and the city are being sued by the mayor’s former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson. She alleges that the mayor sexually harassed her with unwanted sexual advances and crude sexual comments.

City Council TestimonyTuesday afternoon,  council members heard from the public before meeting in closed session to discuss Berger’s request.

Resident Julie Adams urged the council not to fund Filner’s defense.

“Being a groper is not part of his duties,” said Adams. “So, I say hell no!”

Resident Hud Collins disagreed.

“Please defend him,” said Collins. “He’s going to need it.”

After public comment City Council adjourned into closed session. Less than an hour later, they had…

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