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Allred Balks At Public Funds For Filner

Above: Attorney Gloria Allred and The mayor's ex-fiancee, Bronwyn Ingram at Thursday's press conference. Credit: NBC San Diego

Gloria Allred, the lawyer for the first woman who came forward to accuse Bob Filner of sexual harassment, said Thursday she has not been provided with details of a proposed agreement reached after three days of mediation.

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She said her client's sexual harassment lawsuit against the mayor is not settled.

Allred held a news conference to urge the San Diego City Council not to authorize the payment of any money to the mayor in exchange for his anticipated resignation.

On Wednesday, City Attorney Jan Goldsmith announced a settlement was reached in the talks between Filner, other city officials and lawyers, overseen by retired federal Judge Lawrence Irving. The deal is scheduled to be presented to, and considered by, the City Council on Friday.

But Allred said the sexual harassment litigation filed on behalf of former mayoral communications director Irene McCormack Jackson against Filner and the city of San Diego was not settled.

"We have no settlement of our lawsuit at this time,'' the Los Angeles-based attorney said.

The city has filed a cross-complaint against Filner in an effort to recover any financial damages if and when McCormack Jackson's lawsuit is resolved.

"We do not know the details of the reported deal and we have not approved it,'' Allred said.

"We are therefore concerned that the City Council may be voting on this deal in a vacuum, and it may contain terms that we and the taxpayers would find abhorrent.''

Allred's remarks raise the possibility that the deal reached in mediation will only affect the city's portion of the lawsuit, the only one to be filed against Filner at this point. A total of 18 women have publicly accused him of improprieties.

Allred called for the terms of the agreement to be vetted publicly before the City Council approves it.

Since the council members have to approve the deal, it appears the terms include a payment of some form to Filner, she said. That would amount to the city siding with the mayor in McCormack Jackson's lawsuit, and his defense against allegations of "reprehensible conduct,'' she said.

The lawyer called for the mayor to resign without conditions.

"However, his leaving the city should not leave a permanent stain on the city's reputation by the City Council's facilitating the mayor's leaving by entering into a callous and unholy agreement with him," Allred said.

"If the deal requires that the City Council pay him one dollar, then I, for one, think that they should vote against it.''

Filner receiving anything to leave would be "a slap in the face to the mayor's many victims," she said.

The mayor's ex-fiancee, Bronwyn Ingram, said she hopes that Friday — when Filner might step down — brings healing to the city and renewed attention to the needs and concerns of San Diegans.

She called on prospective candidates in a special election to replace Filner, if he leaves office, to "conduct fair and respectful campaigns."

"Let us now all pull together, work together, and help each other return San Diego to its rightful designation as `America's Finest City," Ingram said.

Ingram, 48, and Filner, 70, said they were engaged during last year's mayoral campaign, but a wedding date was never disclosed. She announced on July 8 that she had broken off their relationship. It was two days later that three of the mayor's allies first called for him to resign over alleged sexual harassment of women.

McCormack Jackson came forward 12 days later, becoming the first to speak publicly about Filner's behavior toward women.

Comments

Avatar for user 'RLA'

RLA | August 22, 2013 at 5:13 p.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

Any council member who votes to pay Filner a pension for his time as mayor should face recall.
Paying him a resignation "bonus" should have the same result.

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BarryJohn | August 23, 2013 at 6:59 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

this is interesting and I would be interested in a third party legal analysis - I am not attorney, but I am thinking that the City, as an entity, protects itself, or limits damages to some degree, by taking action against the harasser, correcting the situation as soon as it becomes aware that harassment has occurred - while it appears that McCormack Jackson was subjected to inappropriate behavior- she still has city job, and the harasser has been eliminated - I think the claim will possibly still valid, has less financial value - the city then might agree to take on legal costs, thinking that damages have been mitigated has they got rid of the harasser -- Allreds incentive is to have Filner hanging out on his own so that he doesn't have resources to fight her claim, and more incentive to settle early while the city can now claim that it took action against the harasser like it is supposed to do- I don't believe any additional retirement benefits etc will be thrown in or can be thrown in; I think he already has a city retirement from his city council days, and his new higher salary, if even for a partial year, may spike it slightly, but that would be by formula & politicaly it would be very stupid for them to throw in any other financial goodies for Filner besides releasing him from legal liability. Good riddance ,and from a legal prospective, prolly well played by Goldsmith - he beats Filner & Allred in a way - For Jackson, I think she deserves something for sure for having to put up with what she did - some cash for that and some employment protection guarantees- again good riddance of Filner

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x76 | August 23, 2013 at 7:34 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

Did the ambulance stop suddenly, Gloria? Did you break your nose on the rear bumper?

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Mmikey | August 23, 2013 at 7:38 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

better yet, reject any deal that pays allred

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Avatar for user 'dlwintermia'

dlwintermia | August 23, 2013 at 8:13 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

I'm surprised the 18 women aren't asking for money too! What a city! This is really what San Diego is all about.

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thompsonrichard | August 23, 2013 at 8:42 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

Last night I had the strangest dream... that a gallant white officer, Capt. Robert Filner, late of the 54th Massachusetts Colored Regiment, was placed under guard at the notorious Andersonville Civil War Prison... based soled upon the hearsay evidence of at least two dozen members of the Shreveport,* Louisiana Daughters of the American Revolution? [Shreveport* was voted fourth saddest city of North America in 2013]

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Mmikey | August 23, 2013 at 9:03 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

dlwintermia

wait and see, one lawsuit at a time for Allred

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Avatar for user 'CarlosDangler'

CarlosDangler | August 23, 2013 at 9:29 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

What a coincidence. Last night i had the strangest dream too. Actually more like a nightmare.

EWWWW!

http://tinyurl.com/mnqt2v3

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Avatar for user 'Anon11'

Anon11 | August 23, 2013 at 11:24 a.m. ― 11 months, 1 week ago

Everyone in this circus is a loser. Filner, the women who failed to report their harassment to police or supervisors, Allred, and San Diego as a whole. All losers.

I hope Filner resigns, the women get forced to explain their untimely reactions, Allred gets disbarred, and San Diego as a whole finds more important things to care about. (Homelessness, militarization of police, over-incarceration, expansion of the trolley, etc.)

The collective prioritization and distraction of issues like this just serve to remind me how easily manipulated so many people are. TV is giving it lots of coverage, so it must be a priority! No critical analysis of the situation... Let's just get our understanding of the issue from new headlines or in 5 minute blurbs!

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