San Diego, CA, United States (4E) – San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is reportedly resigning on Friday under a deal to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit.
News outlets quoted unnamed sources as saying on Thursday that Filner’s resignation could come Friday if the City Council approves the proposed settlement in a closed-door meeting.
Part of the deal is that the city will share in paying some, if not all, damages awarded in the lawsuit in exchange for his resignation, according to the Los Angeles Times.
However, Attorney Gloria Allred, the lawyer of Filner’s alleged sexual harassment victim Irene McCormack Jackson, said they don’t agree with taxpayers footing the bill of the mayor. The resignation should not have any condition, Allred said, according to USA Today.
Allred’s position is consistent with the city council’s agreement last month not to pay Filner’s legal bills. The council also voted to sue Filner to recover any payout by the city to Filner’s accuser.
University of California-San Diego political science professor and San Diego charter co-author Steve Erie opined that the city’s payment of Filner’s legal bills is legal. Besides, the city paid damages in cases of misconduct by other municipal workers including police.
Erie warned that Allred’s opposition to the settlement could delay his resignation.
The settlement was reached Wednesday during a closed-door meeting among the Filner, Allred, Jackson, their lawyers and city council members with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith presiding.
Meanwhile, the number of women coming out to accuse Filner of sexual harassment ballooned to 18 with the addition of businesswoman Dianne York. York claimed the mayor touched his buttocks during a photo opportunity last year.
Jackson, a former aide of Filner, sued the mayor in July alleging he suggested they have sex.
A petition to recall the mayor was launched last week amid the scandal.