Two More Women Step Forward to Accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of Sexual Harassment
Just when you thought San Diego Mayor Bob Filner couldn't get any creepier, two military veterans, Eldonna Fernandez and Gerri Tindley, have now joined the 11 women who have publicly accused Filner of sexual harassment.
It's the context that makes these two women's claims perhaps even more disturbing than the rest: Filner first hit on the two women after watching them speak at a National Women's Veterans Association of America (NWVAA) event about their personal experiences with sexual assault in the military. (If that's what turns this guy on, he's going to need a little more than a few weeks of therapy to "become a better person.")
Six other members of the group have also claimed to have had similarly uncomfortable encounters with Filner, but have chosen to remain anonymous. Representatives of the group suggest that Filner attended these events to prey on vulnerable women who would be unlikely to challenge his advances.
Fernandez is providing a voicemail recording as evidence, in which Filner introduces himself as "the one who fell in love with you at your last speech" and asks her on a date. Other women claim that Filner's actions went beyond the verbal. The 70-year-old has been accused of groping and forcibly kissing women both in and outside of the workplace.
Filner is refusing to comply with requests that he step down from his position as mayor, despite increasing pressure (and a recall effort) from his constituents, activists, and the media.