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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner pauses as he speaks during a news conference at city hall Friday, July 26, 2013, in San Diego. San Diego Mayor Bob Filner pauses as he speaks during a news conference at city hall Friday, July 26, 2013, in San Diego.
In this July 22, 2013 file photo, Irene McCormack Jackson, talks at a news conference in San Diego about the alleged sexual misconduct she suffered at the hands of San Diego Mayor Bib Filner. In this July 22, 2013 file photo, Irene McCormack Jackson, talks at a news conference in San Diego about the alleged sexual misconduct she suffered at the hands of San Diego Mayor Bib Filner.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego County Sheriff's investigators on Monday will question Bob Filner's former communication director about allegations she made in her sexual harassment lawsuit against the mayor, her lawyer said.

Attorney Gloria Allred said she and her client, Irene McCormack Jackson, will meet with investigators at the California attorney general's office in downtown San Diego.

Allred declined to say who requested the meeting or to offer more details.

McCormack is among 10 women who have publicly accused Filner of making unwanted advances.

The sheriff's department last month opened a hotline for people to report any possible misconduct by the mayor.

Filner welcomed the decision, saying he would rather see the allegations addressed by an investigative authority than solely aired in the media.

The mayor started a two-week intensive program of behavioral therapy Monday as pressure continued to mount by members within the former congressman's own party calling for him to resign.

The speaker of the California Assembly added his voice to the chorus of federal and local elected officials who want Filner to step down.

Democratic Assembly Speaker John Perez of Los Angeles told reporters that Filner's resignation would be a faster and more favorable resolution than a recall election.

"It is clear that he is now incapacitated through this scandal of being able to run the city," Perez said. "Every couple of days, a new woman comes forward expressing the experiences that she's had."

He also criticized Filner's attorney, who said the city should cover his legal costs because the first-term Democratic mayor was not given sexual harassment training.

"You see some of the allegations going back as far as eight years," he said. "This is not a new set of circumstances. It is just new knowledge about a long, ongoing set of interactions that are offensive, and I believe if all the allegations are correct, illegal. So I can't for the life of me figure out why the mayor has not stepped down."

 

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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