Businesswoman becomes Filner’s 18th accuser

Businesswoman becomes Filner’s 18th accuser

SAN DIEGO — A prominent businesswoman came forward Wednesday as the 18th woman to accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment.

Dianne York, president and CEO of The Spa of La Jolla, told CNN that during a meeting with Filner three months ago, he put his hands on her buttocks while a photo was being taken and others were present in the room.

The first woman to accuse Filner of unwanted advances, groping or, in some instances, forced kissing, was his former communications director, Irene Jackson McCormack. She is suing the mayor and the city for unspecified damages.

Mediation between Filner, lawyers and city officials began Monday. All parties have refused to say whether they would go into a third day of negotiations today — negotiations reported to be dealing in part with the possibility of Filner’s resignation.

“It can be a long process. We are in that…

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