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City council refuses to pay the mayor's legal bills

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner Wednesday was facing the prospect of paying his own legal bills now that the City Council has voted unanimously to deny him any financial support.

The Council also voted unanimously Tuesday to file a cross-complaint against Filner that would possibly force him to pay the city's legal bill as it relates to his sexual harassment scandal. Filner's former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson, is suing him and the city for unspecified damages.

McCormack Jackson is one of eight women who have come forward this month to accuse the 70-year-old Filner of unwanted advances and inappropriate groping, kissing and touching going back several years. So far, she is the only one who has taken legal action.

Filner is being represented by a private lawyer, while the City Attorney's Office is defending San Diego.

The cross-complaint approved by the Council on Tuesday is a separate lawsuit in which, if the city is found to have liability in the case, it can try to recover whatever damages are paid out.

Filner has denied his actions constitute sexual harassment but has apologized for mistreating women. He said he will check himself into a behavioral clinic for treatment for two weeks, starting Monday.

But the prospect of his rehab has done nothing to silence a rising chorus of calls for his resignation, including from California's senior senator, Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat like Filner.

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