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Third woman accuses Mayor Filner of sexual harassment

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - A third woman stepped forward Wednesday to accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment.

According to KPBS, San Diego Unified School District psychologist Morgan Rose, 67, said she met with Filner in 2009 at a restaurant across from his congressional office to discuss her initiative dedicated to the well-being of America's children.

She said that during their discussion, he told her "your eyes have bewitched me" and moved next to her.

Rose said Filner tried to kiss her four times and only stopped when he received a phone call. She told the station that he said he wouldn't move until she kissed him.

Rose said she has called a hotline set up by the Sheriff's Department to take complaints against the mayor. The department has been designated as the lead law enforcement agency for investigating the claims.

On Tuesday, a former campaign staffer told KPBS that Filner patted her bottom at a 2005 fundraising event, also when he was a congressman. Laura Fink said she demanded an apology from Filner in an email, and received a mumbled "I'm sorry" a couple of days later.

On Monday, Filner's former communications director became the first woman to publicly describe Filner's alleged actions toward her.

Irene McCormack Jackson, 57, said that during her around six months employment in the mayor's office, Filner held her in a headlock while demanding kisses. She also alleged the mayor told her she should work without her panties on, that he wanted to see her naked, that he could not wait to consummate their relationship, and that he wanted to marry her.

In another development Wednesday, reported that an unidentified woman has lodged a complaint with the state Department of Fair Employment and Housing, claiming she was sexually harassed by Filner.

The website's report says the woman filing the complaint sought an investigation. It was unknown whether the new complainant was Fink, Rose or a fourth person. The agency did not immediately respond to an inquiry from City News Service.

McCormack Jackson's lawyer, Gloria Allred, said a complaint was filed with the department on her client's behalf and they were given the go-ahead to file a lawsuit against Filner.


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