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Bob Filner was just the Democrat San Diego needed -- or so we thought. Then another side of the former Freedom Rider emerged when, over the summer, several women came forward with truly ugly sexual harassment allegations. Among the accusations: telling one woman to not wear underwear to work, asking another to forgo her wedding band on a business trip, and, of course, applying the hideous "Filner headlock."
In what was likely a smooth-things-over PR move, Filner checked into a two-week, intensive behavior therapy program, but then he left a week early.
At the end of August, Filner resigned from his post and also apologized to his victims: "To all the women that I've offended, I had no intention to be offensive, to violate any physical or emotional space. I was trying to establish personal relationships, but the combination of awkwardness and hubris led to behavior that I think many found offensive." You'll note he said "offended" instead of "sexually harassed." During his apology, he also lashed out at the media, among others, and threw himself a pity party. To which The Times' Robin Abcarian wrote: "He couldn't find enough incongruent metaphors: He was a victim of a lynch mob, a political coup, an assassination."
Above: Filner speaks at a news conference announcing his intention to seek professional help for sexual harassment issues on July 26.
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