(NEW YORK) — Yet another woman has come forward to claim that she was sexually harassed by San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.
Dianne York, president and CEO of The Spa of La Jolla, said Wednesday that she too was allegedly preyed upon by the embattled mayor, who may face a recall election, although there are reports of a deal in the works to allow him to step down.
York says that she attended a meeting with Filner and others three months ago when the mayor supposedly slid his hand down her backside during a photo shoot.
At a news conference in New York, York told reporters, “I was shocked. It was inappropriate, and I was startled at the time.”
She is now the 18th woman to make a harassment allegation against Filner, adding that she brought her story to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department.
Meanwhile, other alleged victims, who may be scared to go public, are being encouraged to level charges against the San Diego mayor.
Irene Jackson McCormack, Filner’s former communications director, was the first to come forward with allegations that he groped and forcibly tried to kiss her. McCormack is suing Filner and San Diego for unspecified damages.
Meanwhile, in other developments, Filner has reportedly agreed to a deal with the City Council, which will be voted on on Friday. Details of the mediation talks were not revealed, although there’s speculation they could pave the way for his resignation.
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