SAN DIEGO -- A ninth woman has accused Mayor Bob Filner of sexual misconduct: A Marilyn Monroe lookalike hired to sing at a Filner fundraiser.
"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,” Emily Gilbert told Fox5 San Diego. "I didn’t want to make a scene. There were kids around.”
She tried to laugh it off but was embarrassed by the crude behavior, she told Fox5.
Gilbert's husband, a Marine officer, was furious when he heard of the incident.
Filner "needs to resign," he told Fox5.
The incident allegedly occurred in December at a fundraiser to retire the 70-year-old Democrat's debt from the mayoral campaign.
Friday is Filner's last full day at City Hall before entering a residential treatment center for two weeks of intensive therapy to assist him in learning to not treat women disrespectfully.
Filner has said he will be briefed morning and night on city business and will return to work Aug. 19.
Two recall efforts have begun. The two leaders -- land-use consultant Michael Pallamary and LGBT newspaper publisher Stampp Corbin -- are set to make an announcement Friday, probably that they will be cooperate rather than compete.
Filner has rejected numerous demands that he resign, including from seven of nine City Council members, the San Diego Business Leadership Alliance, the San Diego County Democratic Party, and a list of Democratic officeholders, including Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Reps. Scott Peters and Susan Davis, and Assembly Majority Leader Toni Atkins.
Of the nine accusers, one -- former Filner communications director Irene McCormack Jackson -- has filed a sexual harassment lawsuit. She alleges Filner made sexual comments and often touched women inappropriately.
In response to Jackson's lawsuit, Filner has agreed not to meet alone with any woman at City Hall. He has also hired a new chief of staff, Lee Burdick, and an interim chief operating officer, former county government chief administrative officer Walt Ekard.
The City Countil voted 9-0 to not pay for Filner's lawyer. Filner needed to hire his own defense lawyer because the city attorney said he cannot represent both the city and Filner in the Jackson lawsuit. The council also voted to sue Filner to recover any damages assessed by a court against the city due to the lawsuit.