Ex-Rep. Filner signs letter resigning as mayor of San Diego

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D) on Friday signed his resignation over claims of sexual harassment; he is awaiting the approval of the city council before he will step down, the Los Angeles Times has reported.

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San Diego’s City Council will meet at 1 p.m. Pacific time to consider a deal that was struck earlier this week after three days of mediation involving Filner and other members of the city government. 

Filner, a former Democratic member of Congress, is facing accusations of sexual harassment from 18 women. 

While the contents of the agreement are secret, local news sources have reported that it will very likely include a resignation by Filner. 

Reports have also said the deal will involve a financial settlement between Filner and the city regarding legal fees and potential damages from a lawsuit launched by Irene McCormack Jackson, one of the women he is accused of harassing. 

Jackson has sued Filner, alleging she was the victim of sexual harassment from the mayor. 

However, on Thursday, Gloria Allred, Jackson’s attorney, said her client’s lawsuit was not part of the proposed agreement. This assertion, if true, could prove a stumbling block in the council’s vote.