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8th Woman Accuses Filner Of Unwanted Sexual Advances

Evening Edition

Above: A San Diego woman says Mayor Bob Filner tried to kiss her after a business meeting in 2011 when he was a congressman. Lisa Curtin, who is director of government and military education at San Diego City College, is the eighth woman to accuse Filner of unwanted sexual advances.

A San Diego woman told KPBS News in an exclusive interview that Mayor Bob Filner tried to kiss her after a business meeting in 2011 when he was a congressman.

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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.

Lisa Curtin, who is director of government and military education at San Diego City College, is the eighth woman to accuse Filner of unwanted sexual advances.

She said that in 2011, former Congressman Jim Bates set up a meeting between her and then- Congressman Filner to discuss potential uses for property near the old Naval Training Center.

Curtin said that after the meeting, Filner asked to meet with her in private. She said once alone, Filner grabbed her left hand, twirled her wedding band and asked if it was real. Curtin said she responded with, “It’s about 25 years worth of wedding band.”

“He then asked me if it could come off while I was in D.C. and if I would go out with him,” Curtin said. “I said I really didn’t think so. And at that point, he pulled my hand closer to him and he reached over to kiss me. I turned my head at that moment and on the side of my face, I got a very wet, saliva-filled kiss including feeling his tongue on my cheek.”

Curtin said she quickly left Filner’s office to meet her staff outside and told them what happened. She said she told them she’d never meet with him alone again.

Curtin said at the time, neither she nor her staffers reported the incident to authorities because of shock and fear.

“Filner made it very clear how powerful he thought he was,” Curtin said. “He discussed that in the meeting; The kind of authority he had, that he had been pulling strings all over San Diego for many years.”

But Curtin said she reported the incident to the San Diego County Sheriff's Department hotline established to take calls from victims of Filner's alleged misconduct.

Filner’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

Curtin’s story comes one week after seven women accused Filner of unwanted touching, kissing and derogatory comments.

The women are: Filner’s former communications director Irene McCormack Jackson; political consultant Laura Fink; San Diego Unified School District psychologist Morgan Rose; retired Rear Admiral Ronne Froman; businesswoman Patti Roscoe; San Diego State University Dean Joyce Gattas; and Sharon Bernie-Cloward, president of the San Diego Port Tenants Association.

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Avatar for user 'theRose'

theRose | July 30, 2013 at 5:59 p.m. ― 1 year ago

Wow does Filner have a type. Let's be clear, though, this is yet another case of NOT quid pro quo sexual harassment.

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CaliforniaDefender | July 30, 2013 at 6:01 p.m. ― 1 year ago

"I turned my head at that moment and on the side of my face, I got a very wet, saliva-filled kiss including feeling his tongue on my cheek.”

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This is similar to the "cheek slobbering" that other victims reported. Is this to the level of criminal sexual harassment or just civil? Anyone know?

What is more troubling to me is her statement that he made it clear "The kind of authority he had, that he had been pulling strings all over San Diego for many years.”

The constant use of fear and intimidation to silence people. I wonder what strings he pulled? I hope the FBI is interviewing these women for more information related to the corruption investigation.

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BarryJohn | July 30, 2013 at 6:07 p.m. ― 1 year ago

more great work by KPBS - KPBS is doing something right whereby people are feeling comfortable going to them to speak of these horrible experiences.

its not he said , she said by any means - he said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said, she said - with corroborative evidence such as this persons staff who she informed immediately, or the email from Ms Fink -

you can also add two more he said, he saids in terms of Filner seemingly twice admitting that he has a problem with how he treats women

The veil of holding back so that Filner can somehow enjoy due process promoted by some, is wearing thin. Due process is an American ideal that we all expect. We can we argue against this for him?

Well Filner has now twice admitted inappropriate behavior specifically against women. Do we really need to hash out the tawdry details of each specific incident/claim?

my analogy is this: If a person says I have had a problem with stealing; I really need some help and counseling to address this problem with stealing; there is a monster inside me that likes to steal.

Do we then really need due process to determine that this person is a thief?

Do we then need attack the credibility of each person who says the admitted thief stole from them? For Filners alleged misdeeds, the formal lawsuits will otherwise allow for gauging credibility as needed. But do you really want to subject San Diego to this or to the due process of a recall election?

The City has become a daily reality TV program. The house is crumbling. Anyone who is still supporting this guy needs to do what they can to get him to resign before he starts therapy to save the city from this continued drama

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muckapoo1 | July 30, 2013 at 6:11 p.m. ― 1 year ago

And the perverted saga continues. I can't wait to see if any guys come forward. This is getting better than the afternoon soap operas. Has anyone started an office pool for this down at city hall?

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nikkineel | July 30, 2013 at 6:40 p.m. ― 1 year ago

Ok do you guys understand the fact that in order for something to be "harassment" the person actually has to WORK for him?

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dshanske | July 30, 2013 at 6:44 p.m. ― 1 year ago

The KPBS reporting on The Filner Files reminds me of the National Enquirer these days. Where were these women when we were spending our money and our time to get Filner elected Mayor? Obviously this behavior has been going on for many years. I thought he was a bit of a curmudgeon, but had no idea he was such a difficult, abusive boss - yikes!

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theRose | July 30, 2013 at 6:48 p.m. ― 1 year ago

. . . has to work for them AND the attention has to be unwanted. The Filner complaints definitely have "unwanted" element going for them, and no one wants this kreeper running our city, but they're not technically incidents of sexual harassment.

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MalcolmSanDiego | July 30, 2013 at 6:50 p.m. ― 1 year ago

to nikkineel:

Do you understand that everything the women have said amounts to harassment?

If you're talking about "sexual harassment" in the legal sense, you're still off base; we don't need a legal ruling to know Filner is not fit to by Mayor. Or, do you believe this is some big conspiracy against Filner?

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jptrugger | July 30, 2013 at 9:22 p.m. ― 1 year ago

Wrong nikkineel - there does not have to be an employer-employee relationship. Take this example - if you were a representative for a company who wanted to get a contract with a company for your services, and approached me as the contracting manager to get the contract. I pulled the Filner headlock and made all sorts of suggestive remarks that you could "earn" the right for my company to hire yours - isn't that sexual harassment:
Wikipedia sums it nicely:
Sexual harassment is bullying or coercion of a sexual nature, or the unwelcome or inappropriate promise of rewards in exchange for sexual favors. In most modern legal contexts, sexual harassment is illegal. As defined by the US EEOC, "It is unlawful to harass a person (an applicant or employee) because of that person’s sex." Harassment can include "sexual harassment" or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other verbal or physical harassment of a sexual nature.
Where laws surrounding sexual harassment exist, they generally do not prohibit simple teasing, offhand comments, or minor isolated incidents. In the workplace, harassment may be considered illegal when it is frequent or severe that it creates a hostile or offensive work environment or when it results in an adverse employment decision (such as the offender being fired or demoted, or when the victim decides to quit the job).
The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer and harassers or victims can be either male or female.
It includes a range of actions from mild transgressions to sexual abuse or sexual assault. Sexual harassment is a form of illegal employment discrimination in many countries, and is a form of abuse (sexual and psychological) and bullying. For many businesses and other organizations, preventing sexual harassment, and defending employees from sexual harassment charges, have become key goals of legal decision-making. (thank you wikipedia)

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philosopher3000 | July 31, 2013 at 12:16 a.m. ― 1 year ago

And how many years ago was THIS failed flirtation?
And at what point will KPBS get tired of this gossip journalism?

Subjective opinions and personal rejections don't make good facts.
But, hey if it's a sex scandal that get's you a national audience, then why wouldn't you cling to it as if it were actually important, even if there is no evidence or due process?

Wait a minute, my dog just came in the room ...
OH MY GOD!!! HE SLOBBERED ON ME!!! HARASSMENT!!

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6foot8 | July 31, 2013 at 12:28 a.m. ― 1 year ago

@ nikkineel

You really need to read the following official definition of Sexual Harassment.(especially the very last sentence)

http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/sexual_harassment.cfm

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nikkineel | July 31, 2013 at 1:12 a.m. ― 1 year ago

1:Irene McCormack Jackson

Vice President of External Relations for the San Diego Unified Port District and worked for the Port Authority for 9 years. The Port has been a bastion of corrupt GOP political maneuvering for decades.

She started working at the Port District in November 2003 and held roles like Director and Assistant Vice President.

Prior to working for the Port District, McCormack spent 25 years as a journalist, working as a newsroom manager, reporter and assistant metro editor for The San Diego Union-Tribune. Her specialty according to her zoominfo profile was government, politics and public safety.

Here is a very telling excerpt from a State of California Lands Commission where the Port is applying for a development permit.

ACTING COMMISSIONER GORDON: Yeah. So am I to understand that you did not request the waiver, that the Coastal Commission granted it on their own behest?

MS. McCORMACK: Yes. We went and we were going to -- we filed a coastal development permit and they said it was a waiver.

MR. BRIGGS: That's not true. ok so....

Why did Corey Briggs think she is such a credible witness now when he knew her firsthand to say things that are not true as shown in this transcript?

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nikkineel | July 31, 2013 at 1:13 a.m. ― 1 year ago

Take a close look at the guy financing this recall effort,. Its chilling. He is a total developer kingpin who wants to destroy our coastline.

Michael J. Pallamary is a Professional Land Surveyor. He is an expert in land planning, and land use consultation among other things, all things that would suggest this move is a coup by the developers that have run San Diego for decades.

Pallamary founded the Land Surveyors Advisory Council on Technical Standards (LSACTS), and he owned and operated Precision Survey & Mapping from 1983 to 1999. He currently is the owner and President of Land Survey Service of La Jolla since 1983 and is "recognized as the preeminent authority on the redevelopment of property in La Jolla and San Diego's coastal regions" per his website. And that may be the key.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/07/31/san-diego-city-council-to-sue-filner-over-costs-from-sexual-harassment-lawsuit/##ixzz2aboRPua7

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nikkineel | July 31, 2013 at 1:16 a.m. ― 1 year ago

Take a closer look at the accusers. there is nothing there. One claim filed and its all heresay and they are going to want to know why irene never tried any administrative remedies to deal w/ the situation. The other cases are not cases. Finks statute of lim is long passed NTM its a very minor claim. No one else actually worked for him so it cant be sexual harassment. Its just flirtation which is not illegal.

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/ive-got-issues/2013/jul/28/a-closer-look-at-filners-accusers/

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nikkineel | July 31, 2013 at 1:20 a.m. ― 1 year ago

None of the other claims fall w/in the statute of limitations even if they can make some argument about being "clients" or "customers"....These women for all their outrage never filed a claim, never called the cops etc. So lets put this in perspective. we have one claim. Also notice the pattern of the Port Authority...why do so many of the women have connections to the Port Authority? One has to wonder.

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nikkineel | July 31, 2013 at 1:22 a.m. ― 1 year ago

And look at the timeline
The Mayor, by statute, can't be recalled before 6 months has passed in his/her term. Six months would equate to June 3, 2013.

So it's very interesting that Goldsmith was planning for a "June" recall before any scandal emerged.

Interesting that Donna Frye began threatening him with recall immediately after the deadline of 6 months.

It was a few weeks later they got news of the advantageous controversy about the June 21-26 Paris trip. And they held their press conference July 10th shortly after to demand resignation.

The Voice of San Diego published two articles on the City's recall process April 22 and May 6, which seems a bit odd and presumptuous on their part by author Zachary Warma the VOSD's "Events and Community Manager". Warma worked on Filner's mayoral primary campaign, and would have known Donna and others from that.

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/ive-got-issues/2013/jul/27/jan-goldsmith-was-scrambling-to-find-ways-to-chang/

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muckapoo1 | July 31, 2013 at 5:07 a.m. ― 12 months ago

How is Filner any different from the cop that was jailed a few months ago? The Mayor position has more power associated with it than a police officer. It is about power and intimidation. Throw the book at him.

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jptrugger | July 31, 2013 at 6:25 a.m. ― 12 months ago

So now that nikkineel's attempt to attack the very definition of "sexual harassment" has failed, he/she is attacking the accusers and whether or not the statute of limitations has expired...

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Peking_Duck_SD | July 31, 2013 at 7:40 a.m. ― 12 months ago

I beleve Mayor Filner is guilty of sexual harassment.

He has admitted it himself.

He didn't use the term "sexual harassment", but he has publicly acknowledged truth in the accusations against him, admitted he was wrong, and checked himself into rehab.

With that said, it's well known that powerful, well-funded interests in our city have been out to smear, ruin, and recall the mayor since the day he took office.

That's what makes this entire scandal so frustrated and complicated.

Is it about genuinely victimized women treated inappropriately by the mayor, or about the mayor's foes trying to ruin him?

Both.

Mr. Pallamary is dirty. As dirty as Filner. A political parasite who doesn't give a rat's behind about these women, he has political reasons for this.

And there are others who are trying to capitalize on this and stoke the fire.

That's why each aspect of this scandal needs to be analyzed and all rocks turned over to see what type of multi-legged political insect like Pallamary slithers out.

Muh of this is hat it seems.

But not all of it.

And the media needs to be responsible and expose those portions that are being exaggerated, fabricated, or "politically enhanced".

Politics is never black and white.

Let's not treat this as though it is.

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MarineRoom | July 31, 2013 at 9:59 a.m. ― 12 months ago

Muck: if you think the Filner case is analogous to the policeman case, why do you think the City picked up the tab for the latter and not the former? Perhaps because nobody on the City Council was interested in taking over the policeman's job? Just a thought.

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muckapoo1 | July 31, 2013 at 10:16 a.m. ― 12 months ago

Marine, I am just amazed this has not turned into a crime. Surely, simple assault at the least. Possible stalking? I have seen people sent to jail for spitting on a cop. Is slobbering and unwanted kissing less offensive? I do, however, see what you are saying about the politics of it.

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Missionaccomplished | July 31, 2013 at 11:14 a.m. ― 12 months ago

maybe it was because of shock and awe?

But seriously, a professional woman, working in an environment where they drill this into you, and with so many legal recourses at her disposal, two years ago . . .

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Missionaccomplished | July 31, 2013 at 11:17 a.m. ― 12 months ago

@Trugger, wikipedia. lol

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Missionaccomplished | July 31, 2013 at 11:19 a.m. ― 12 months ago

Good post, Nikiin need, notice they are ALL "high-profile" women."

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Missionaccomplished | July 31, 2013 at 11:36 a.m. ― 12 months ago

@PHILOSPHER, LOL

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MalcolmSanDiego | July 31, 2013 at 11:43 a.m. ― 12 months ago

Filner's days are numbered and rightly so. I wish him well outside of government. I hope he changes his ill-mannered behavior for his own well-being.

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jptrugger | July 31, 2013 at 5:14 p.m. ― 12 months ago

@Missionaccomplished - just bc it is wikipedia it is no less valuable. Here it is right from the EEOC - is that acceptable?
http://www.eeoc.gov/laws/types/sexual_harassment.cfm
"The harasser can be the victim's supervisor, a supervisor in another area, a co-worker, or someone who is not an employee of the employer, such as a client or customer."
As constituents or in similar roles, these individuals would be equivalent to a client or customer. PERIOD.

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sdkelly | August 1, 2013 at 2:52 a.m. ― 12 months ago

Now its even more of a national and international embarrassment... Bob was a feature on the The Daily Show http://www.thedailyshow.com/full-episodes/wed-july-31-2013-hank-azaria about 12 minutes in.

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obshellums | August 1, 2013 at 9:07 p.m. ― 12 months ago

If she did nothing and claims to have been too afraid of Bob Filner because he as a Congressman is "powerful" what in the world qualifies her to be director for government, military or any studies at City College? I will rethink taking any related courses at City College where I graduated with honors in 2001. I really think her statements and Luna's reflect very badly on City College.

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muckapoo1 | August 3, 2013 at 7:19 a.m. ― 12 months ago

Is it true that Bobby has a picture of Clinton and Monica on his desk?

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MarineRoom | August 4, 2013 at 12:52 p.m. ― 12 months ago

Muck:
No, it is not true. But is it true that Gloria has a picture of Machiavelli on his desk?

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