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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Expected to Resign as Part of Deal

From Huffinton Post

UPDATE: 12:23 p.m. ET — NBC 7 News in San Diego reports that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has agreed to resign as part of his settlement deal.


The Los Angeles Times and the San Diego Union-Tribune report that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D), who has been accused of sexual harassment by at least 18 women, is expected to resign as part of a settlement deal in a lawsuit over his alleged behavior.

Filner, who recently returned to his office after a two-week stint in behavioral therapy treatment, was reportedly seen leaving his City Hall office and loading packed boxes into a SUV.

Earlier Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that a deal had been reached after three days of talks. However, details on the settlement have not yet been announced.

Below, more from the Associated Press on Filner’s settlement talks:

A tentative deal has been reached in the sexual harassment lawsuit against San Diego’s beleaguered mayor, but it’s unclear whether the resolution will oust the leader of the nation’s eighth largest city.

City Attorney Jan Goldsmith announced the plan Wednesday after three days of settlement talks, but said he could not divulge any details until the proposed resolution is approved by the City Council, which could happen Friday.

The sex scandal swirling around Filner has plunged the city, across the border from Tijuana, Mexico, into deep political turmoil. The 70-year-old former congressman faces a recall effort and an avalanche of calls for him to step down amid allegations from at least 17 women that he made unwanted advances or inappropriate statements to them.

The deal was struck only hours after a San Diego businesswoman became the latest woman to go public in accusing Filner of inappropriate behavior.

The Council planned to meet in closed session Friday to review the deal. Goldsmith said if it is approved, the Council then would go into open session to announce it.

“I’m sorry I can’t give more information,” Goldsmith told The Associated Press.