Bolstered by Irene McCormack Jackson's recent lawsuit against San Diego Mayor (and self-confessed sexual harasser) Bob Filner, another woman has now come forward with her own experience.
According to KPBS News, the incident took place back in 2005 during a crowded fundraiser. Laura Fink alleges she was there campaigning for the then-congressman when he slapped her bum and made a crude joke...at which no one laughed.
“One of the attendees at the party was giving me credit and saying I had done a wonderful job, and that I had worked my tush off for him and that he should appreciate my efforts,” Fink told KPBS in an exclusive interview. “I was standing next to him, and he turned to me and he said, ‘Turn around.’ … And so I turned around, and he proceeded to take his hand and pat me on my posterior and laugh and say, ‘No, it’s still there.”
Which apparently "gave the people at the table pause.” No kidding.
Fink stated she didn't go public at the time because she was trying to set up a consulting business, and "Bob Filner has a reputation for swift retribution and for holding grudges."
She did email Filner to demand an apology, and ask for "assurances that neither I, nor any other woman on your staff will be treated in this manner again."
The Mayor's response? A mumbled "I'm sorry," after which he told Fink she'd "misunderstood" the situation.
Filner is currently in the process of being sued by his former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson, whom he told to "work without her panties on," among other disturbing things.
The Mayor is standing firm, however, and refusing to resign — in spite of having earlier in the month admitted that he "needs help."
“I do not believe these claims are valid. That is why due process is so important. I intend to defend myself vigorously and I know that justice will prevail,” the Mayor said Monday.
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