Ninth woman accuses San Diego mayor Filner of sexual harassment

A ninth woman has emerged to accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D) of sexual harassment.

{mosads}Emily Gilbert, who was hired to sing at a fundraiser days after Filner took office in December, told Fox5 that Filner grabbed her inappropriately at the event.

“He grabbed me a little too tight, then proceeded to slide his hand down my arm and then did a little grab on my derriere,” Gilbert said. “I didn’t want to make a scene, there were kids around.”

Eight other women have alleged Filner sexually harassed. One, his former communications director, is suing Filner and the city of San Diego.

Filner, a former member of Congress, has said the city failed to provide state-required sexual harassment training, though a contradicting report states that Filner’s office canceled the session.

Several lawmakers on Capitol Hill have slammed Filner’s behavior. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had the harshest words, calling the mayor’s actions “reprehensible” and “disrespectful of women.”

Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) called on Filner to resign.

“The misconduct Mayor Bob Filner has been accused of is reprehensible and indefensible,” Wasserman Schultz said in a statement. “I am personally offended by his actions and I firmly believe no employee should face a hostile environment or harassment at their place of employment.”

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