Filner Scandal Timeline

A look at the sexual harassment allegations leveled at Mayor Filner

2013-07-09 15:59:28

Mayor Filner's fiancee calls off engagement

San Diego City Beat: Bronwyn Ingram sent out an email announcing she'd broken off her engagement to Mayor Bob Filner.

2013-07-10 14:33:15

Three Supporters Ask Filner To Resign

KPBS: Former Councilwoman Donna Frye, who was a member of Filner’s staff until she resigned in April, and attorneys Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs, each hand-delivered letters to Filner requesting his immediate resignation

2013-07-11 10:00:23

Three hold conference; Decline to name victims

U-T: The former councilmember said it was not easy for her to ask for Mayor Bob Filner to step down but she felt she had to after hearing first-hand “credible evidence” of harassing behavior. The trio declined to name the victims or describe the alleged behavior.

2013-07-11 13:07:41

I Warned Democratic Party Two Years Ago

Voice of San Diego: Former Assemblywoman Lori Saldaña said that in summer 2011 six prominent women in local politics, business and education told her that Filner had physically or verbally harassed them.

2013-07-11 15:00:57

Filner Releases Statement

In a DVD statement, Mayor Bob Filner apologizes, but says he will not resign over allegations that he sexually harassed numerous women.

2013-07-11 17:00:51

Councilmember Kevin Faulconer

"Bob Filner's pattern of inappropriate behavior is causing government gridlock...I am not going to stand by while (he) takes our city backwards."

2013-07-11 17:18:51

Councilmember Lorie Zapf

“As a woman, I am deeply troubled by this behavior. As an elected official who represents the citizens of San Diego, I am saddened for what this means for our City. I ask that the Mayor do the honorable thing and step down.”

2013-07-11 17:35:18

U-T San Diego: Mayor Deserves Due-Process

The allegations that Mayor Bob Filner sexually harassed some of his staff members — claims brought forward and attested to by three prominent, longtime Filner allies who called on him to resign — are extremely serious. But at this point, they are too vague to draw any conclusions.

2013-07-12 12:00:03

'Til Wednesday, Mayor Didn’t Fully Respect Women

Scott Lewis: What does not 'fully' respecting women even mean? The mayor's apology leaves more questions than it answers.

2013-07-12 12:00:18

Examining the political fallout

KPBS: What are the political implications of this scandal?

2013-07-12 14:08:26

Toni Atkins, Lorena Gonzalez ask Filner to resign

"It is with strong resolve that I call for Mayor Bob Filner to either come forward and declare his innocence or resign immediately," Toni Atkins said. "Sexual harassment is incompatible with public service."

2013-07-12 14:40:00

Councilwoman Marti Emerald

"I commend Mayor FIlner for the courage to admit he has made mistakes and for his commitment to change his behavior."

2013-07-12 14:42:10

Councilman Scott Sherman

"End this sad chapter in our city's history and stop embarrassing San Diego on a national level."

2013-07-12 16:44:11

Chief Of Staff, Vince Hall Resigns via Twitter

"As a lifelong activist for women’s rights and equality, I feel I must resign effective today."

2013-07-12 16:51:40

Council President Todd Gloria

Yesterday, Mayor Filner admitted that he has harassed and intimidated women under his authority...I am asking Mayor Filner to resign.

2013-07-12 17:00:10

Councilman David Alvarez

"This evening I have personally met with Mayor Filner and demanded his resignation..”

2013-07-12 17:03:34

What Motivates Someone To Sexually Harass Others?

KPBS: “In most cases the sexual harasser is someone who’s got impulse control problems, there’s immaturity and some unmet intimacy needs from long ago"

2013-07-12 18:23:56

Filner: Investigation Will Support My Innocence

"I am confident that a fair and independent investigation will support my innocence with respect to any charges of sexual harassment.”

2013-07-15 06:00:56

Mayor's Sexual Texts To Women Prompted Separation

KPBS: "The ex-fiancee of beleaguered San Diego Mayor Bob Filner says she ended her relationship with him because he became increasingly abusive toward her and began sending sexually explicit text messages to other women in her presence."

2013-07-15 06:05:28

Woman Says Filner Grabbed, Kissed Her

KPBS: A 72-year-old woman is reporting in a sworn affidavit that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner grabbed her and kissed her when she met with him to discuss a downtown financial concern earlier this year.

2013-07-15 08:00:26

Filner Refuses To Resign; announces staff changes

LA Times: Mayor Bob Filner said in a statement. "As your elected mayor, I fully expect to be accountable to the citizens of San Diego for all of my actions. "But as a citizen of this country, I also expect -- and am entitled to -- due process."

2013-07-15 09:54:56

San Diego Loses Opportunity For Progressive Mayor

San Diego Free Press - "San Diego’s first truly progressive mayor may have squandered the opportunity to be a transformative figure, the progressive fighter and game changer we had hoped he would be. "

2013-07-15 10:30:56

Rep. Susan Davis: Filner should quit

"The mayor has acknowledged his problems, but seemed to back away. I am glad he is getting the help he clearly needs; however it is doubtful he would be able to continue and be an effective mayor. After much thought, I join with those who are asking him to step down so the victims and our city can move forward."

2013-07-15 11:00:01

Filner Supporters Provide Details, Not Identities

Former allies read descriptions from women who have worked with or for the mayor, but did not provide their names. Read the play by play on Twitter:

2013-07-15 12:49:28

Councilman Mark Kersey

"We have a responsibility to ensure that no city worker remains silent out of fear. Although everyone is entitled to legal due process, it would be in the best interest of the City and our employees if the Mayor stepped aside"

2013-07-15 14:43:26

The Revolving Door in the Mayor’s Office

Voice of San Diego: Mayor Bob Filner paraded 24 staffers before the media in January. Since, nearly a third of those staffers have left,

2013-07-15 17:27:56

"I'm A Hugger," Filner rejects calls to resign

KUSI: “I’m a very demonstrative person. I express myself demonstrably. I’m a hugger. Of both men and women...As it turns out that those are taken in an offensive manner, I need to have a greater self-awareness of what I’m doing and we will correct that. I am taking those steps."

2013-07-15 17:27:56

"THE MONSTER is inside of me"

Univision: “I brought this on through my own personal frailties. The biggest monster is inside of me, which we will deal with.”

2013-07-16 17:00:56

Why Lorena Gonzelez Decided Filner Should Quit

New York Times: "Ms. Gonzalez, after initially saying the decision on whether the mayor should quit should be left to the women affected, changed her mind after talking to two more women who she said worked in his office and described in chilling detail advances, including linking job advancement to sexual favors."

2013-07-17 17:27:56

City Council President Asks Alternative Workspaces

"Alternative workspace options be considered for any remaining employees in the office of the mayor so they may remain productive in a reliably safe environment."

2013-07-18 15:00:56

Filner to Avoid Closed Meetings With Female Staffers

Fox News: Embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has been instructed to avoid closed-door meetings with female staffers and other women, Fox News has learned.

2013-07-18 18:27:56

Mayor Filner Decides on message: Due Process

Scott Lewis: Mayor Bob Filner and his remaining supporters have settled on a single public relations message to counter disturbing allegations of sexual harassment and/or sexual battery. The message: Filner deserves “due process.”

2013-07-19 09:00:56


KPBS: The Filner scandal has made the national news cycle, including a lampooning on the Colbert Report

2013-07-19 09:00:56

Mayor Filner's Bad Week, Part II

KPBS: Journalists, Scott Lewis, Voice of San Diego, JW August, 10News and Sandhya Dirks, KPBS, recap the mayor's second rough week.

2013-07-19 09:00:56

Facebook Group Stand Behind Mayor Filner Launched

"It’s not right to simply condemn Bob Filner based on allegations," as of Tuesday the page has over four thousand supporters.

2013-07-22 12:00:56

First Victim Comes Forward

Irene McCormack Jackson — former communications director for Mayor Filner — has filed a suit for sexual harassment.

2013-07-22 17:30:56

Filner Releases Statement

PATCH: “I do not believe these claims are valid. That is why due process is so important. I intend to defend myself vigorously...”

2013-07-23 17:00:56

Second Woman Comes Forward

KPBS: Another woman came forward today to report an unwanted advance by Mayor Bob Filner"

2013-07-24 12:00:56

Third Woman Comes Forward

KPBS: A third woman details an encounter where she alleges the former congressman repeatedly tried to kiss her in a public restaurant.

2013-07-24 12:38:56

After 10 days, new Chief Of Staff Appointed

In a statement, Mayor Filner announces he has replaced Tony Buckles with Deputy Chief of Staff Lee Burdick.

2013-07-25 16:00:56

Four More Women Accuse Filner

KPBS: Four prominent San Diego women came forth Thursday accusing Mayor Bob Filner of unwanted sexual advances.

2013-07-26 09:30:56

Local and national Democrats call for resignation

SDGLN: After seven women come forward with sexual harassment allegations against Mayor Filner, local and national Democratic organizations and leaders are calling for resignation.

2013-07-26 11:00:56

Former Filner Intern Claims To Harrassment

KPBS : A 23-year-old San Diego man who served as a communications intern in the mayor's office earlier this year claims that he witnessed Mayor Bob Filner sexually harass women.

2013-07-26 11:30:56

Possibly Strategic, Supporter Starts Recall Campaign

Voice of San Diego: One of Mayor Filner’s most ardent supporters has taken the first steps to recall him, possibly foreclosing other efforts to kick out the embattled mayor.

2013-07-26 14:33:15

Filner Announces He Will Enter Counseling Clinic

After facing an onslaught of sexual harassment allegations over the past two weeks, Mayor Bob Filner today announced he would enter "a behavioral counseling clinic" beginning August 5 to "begin the process of addressing my behavior."

2013-07-28 04:30:56

Sen. Feinstein Calls For Resignation

CNN: Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) calls on Mayor Filner to resign, he lacks the "moral compass" to provide leadership.

2013-07-29 09:33:15

Effort to recall Filner begins

U-T: Land-use consultant Michael Pallamary filed the required paperwork to launch a petition drive aimed at recalling Filner.

2013-07-29 12:30:56

Profile On Mayor Filner's Defense Attorney

U-T: Meet Harvey Berger, the man behind Mayor Bob Filner’s legal defense.

2013-07-30 09:33:15

Chief of staff argues due process

MSNBC: Lee Burdick, chief of staff to Mayor Filner, talks with Melissa Harris-Perry about the accusations of sexual harassment.

2013-07-30 16:30:56

Filner Accuser Helped Pay Off Campaign Debt

Voice of San Diego: One of the seven women who has publicly accused Mayor Filner of inappropriate behavior helped pay off his campaign debt

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