Created: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 11:55:00 PST
Updated: Mon, 15 Jul 2013 04:18:00 PST
[Watch the entire conference above]
SAN DIEGO - Former supporters of Mayor Bob Filner, who are demanding for his resignation, held a second press conference Monday morning, this time outlining some of the alleged sexual harassment claims against the mayor.
Former councilwoman Donna Frye read aloud some of the victim's claims. According to Frye, one victim was asked out by the mayor during a meeting with the mayor and she turned him down. Seconds later, Frye says the mayor asked the victim to kiss him and again she refused his advances, however the victim alleges the mayor grabbed her and kissed her seconds later.
Frye also spoke of a second victim who volunteered on his campaign. She said during a meeting in a public place the victim alleges the mayor grabbed her and "rammed his tongue down her throat." The victim alleges she felt awkward and tried to remedy the situation. The mayor allegedly got into her car and tried to kiss her again and this time stuck his hand under her bra.
Frye was joined by attorneys Cory Briggs and Marco Gonzalez. Both attorneys spoke at the conference to also demand the mayor step down.
Earlier Monday morning the mayor issued a statement saying that he will not resign and a "full presentation of the facts will vindicate" him.
"As your elected mayor, I fully expect to be accountable to the citizens of San Diego for all of my actions," Filner said in a statement. "As a citizen of this country, I also expect -- and am entitled to -- due process,
and the opportunity to respond in a fair and impartial venue to specific allegations.
"I do not believe I am guilty of sexual harassment, and I believe a full presentation of the facts will vindicate me," Filner said.
He said those who had called for his resignation justified their demands by claiming that the city's would be compromised amid the allegations. In response, Filner announced he appointed former county Chief Operating Officer
Walt Ekard as his interim Chief Operating Officer -- a move he said was intended to strengthen city management.
Ekard in turn appointed the city's Interim Chief Operating Officer Scott Chadwick as his assistant chief operating officer, and named Interim Director Judy VonKalinowski as human resources director, according to Filner.
"Today's announcements make clear the operations of city government will not be negatively impacted," Filner said.
Filner's refusal to step down came after his former fiancee, Bronwyn Ingram, 48, told KPBS she recently broke off their engagement because he was verbally abusive toward her and blatantly sent sexually explicit text messages
to other women. She said she also believed the 70-year-old mayor, who was elected in November, should resign.
In the statement, Ingram said Filner's ability to lead has been impaired by numerous recent controversies, most notably allegations that he sexually harassed women who work for and with him.
However, Ingram said that she has no direct knowledge of the sexual harassment allegations made against Filner by three of his former political allies: former City Councilwoman Donna Frye and lawyers, Marco Gonzalez and
"While I had heard rumors that he was engaging in sexual relationships with other women, I was never able to determine their validity," Ingram said.
"However, as Bob's behavior continued to become more aggressive, standard decorum seemed to disappear. Bob recently began texting other women sexually explicit messages and setting up dates while in my presence and within my line
Ingram and Filner dated for more than three years prior to her announcing their split last week.
Filner has acknowledged that he failed to fully respect women but he denied sexually harassing anyone.