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Bob Filner Facing Second Sexual Harassment Lawsuit

A second city employee filed a lawsuit Wednesday against former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, claiming he grabbed her from behind, put her in a headlock and rubbed her breasts at an event at a city park.

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All of the accusations, statements and apologies from the key players in the developing story about allegations of sexual harassment in Mayor Bob Filner's office and calls from former mayoral supporters for his resignation.

Stacy McKenzie, a district manager for the city's Parks and Recreation Department, said Filner approached her April 21 at the Clairemont Days event at North DeAnza Cove in Mission Bay, asked her if she had a boyfriend or a husband, then asked her on a date.

McKenzie said she got away, but Filner pursued her across the park, came up from behind, and put her in what has become known as the "the Filner headlock."

As he held McKenzie, Filner asked two other female city employees, "Isn't she great?" He then said to all three women, "Just to let you know, I like to get really close to my city employees," according to the lawsuit.

McKenzie's attorney, Dan Gilleon, said he planned to use an animated reenactment of McKenzie's version of events to help prove his client's case.

Gilleon said the events at the park were witnessed by two park rangers.

The lawsuit is the second to be filed against Filner. His former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson, filed a $1.5 million suit against him and the city.

At least 20 women came forward, saying Filner made inappropriate advances toward them over his years in politics. Filner resigned as mayor on Aug. 30.

In a criminal case, Filner pleaded guilty to sexually harassing three women and was sentenced to probation and three months of home confinement.

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philosopher3000 | December 11, 2013 at 4:09 p.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Give it time, now that the former Mayor of San Diego has been convicted of a felony, I'm sure there will be a herd of lawsuits seeking his huge fortunes and public pensions.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 12, 2013 at 7:37 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

If events transpired as as the woman alleges they did, then Filner was being creepy and was in the wrong, and the woman deserves a couple thousand dollars in damages.

She DOES NOT deserve to be a millionaire.

The enormous sum of money she is seeking makes me question her motives.

What proof is there she suffered severe and ongoing trauma from this ?

Was she embarrassed and felt violated? No doubt, that's why I said she's entitled to around $2-$5 thousand dollars in damages.

Anything more is an INSULT to victims of more severe crimes and will open the floodgates to every gold digger who ever had contact with Filner trying to extort large sums of money from the people of San Diego.

If this were that severe, why did she not call the police? Does she have extensive psychological documents showing a medical professional treated her for long -term emotional trauma from this event?

And old man made an unwanted pass at her and then tried to hug-headlock her.

Creepy, indeed.

I'm sure she felt violated and awkward.

A few thousand dollars awkward.


He'll, I wish Filner groped me somewhere if it means I could suddenly become a millionaire and pay off my home and take that luxury vacation around the world I always wanted.

I'm not trying to excuse what Filner did, I'm trying to be fair about this. People go through things that render them physically handicapped for life due to someone's negligence and get less of a settlement than this.

The city attorney needs to get off his rear end and fight for the tax payers.

Tell this woman she can settle for a few thousand and if she rejects, take it yo trial a fight vigorously.

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Peking_Duck_SD | December 12, 2013 at 7:40 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

My apologies, it looks like it was the McCormack Jackson lawsuit that was for 1.5 million.

What's this woman asking for?

Even more?

If she suing for anything more than a few thousand, then I stand by my post above.

Can KPBS please find out the amount?

Don't WE the TAX PAYERS of this city have a right to know how much WE are being sued for ??????????????

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Missionaccomplished | December 12, 2013 at 11:54 a.m. ― 3 years, 3 months ago

Riight on Quackster, you are 100% right! She loses some credibilit here! And I would still say the same even if Filner was a Republican!

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