Bob Filner, former mayor of San Diego

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 "<a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-diego-mayor-headlock-former-aide-20130723,0,6098163.story" style="color:#2262CC">Filner headlock</a>."  <br><br>
In what was likely a smooth-things-over PR move, Filner checked into a two-week, intensive behavior therapy program, but then <a href="http://www.wptv.com/dpp/news/national/san-diego-mayor-bob-filner-leaves-behavior-rehab-earlier-than-announced#ixzz2k699l6hc" style="color:#2262CC">he left a week early</a>.  <br><br>
At the end of August, Filner resigned from his post and also <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-diego-mayor-bob-filner-resigns-20130823,0,401188.story" style="color:#2262CC">apologized</a> 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 <a href="http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-mayor-filners-lament-20130823,0,5897180.story" style="color:#2262CC">The Times' Robin Abcarian wrote</a>: "He couldn't find enough incongruent metaphors: He was a victim of a lynch mob, a political coup, an assassination." 

<br><br> Above: Filner speaks at a news conference announcing his intention to seek professional help for sexual harassment issues on July 26.<br><br>


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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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