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San Diego’s mayor resigns, settles sexual harassment claim

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has resigned after settling sexual harassment claims against him.

Irene McCormack Jackson, San Diego’s former communications director, sued the city and Filner in July, alleging sexual harassment in violation of the California Govern­­ment Code. McCormack Jackson claimed that Filner’s conduct caused her “extreme and severe mental an­­guish and emotional distress.” Once her complaint went public, other women also came forward with similar claims.

The settlement, which the City Council voted 7-0 to approve, explicitly states that neither Filner nor the city admits to liability. The mediation preceding the settlement involved Filner, Filner’s private attorneys, and City Attorney Jan Goldsmith.

As part of the deal, the city agreed to drop a cross-complaint against Filner filed as part of McCormack Jackson’s lawsuit. The city also agreed to pay up to $98,000 for Filner’s legal expenses and indemnify and defend him against future lawsuits.

In addition to McCormack Jack­­son’s allegation, 17 other women have come forward with similar charges.

In his resignation speech, Filner denied that he ever sexually harassed anyone and stated that none of the allegations brought against him have been “independently verified, or proven in court.”

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