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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8 / CNS) - A second city employee filed a lawsuit Wednesday against former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, claiming he grabbed her from behind, put her in a headlock and rubbed her breasts at an event at a city park.

The attorney for Stacy McKenzie, a district manager for the city's Parks and Recreation Department, released an animated video he says will be used for a jury to see in civil court.

"It allows Stacy to get up there and not have to try and recreate what happened to her," said Dan Gilleon.

The lawsuit states Filner approached McKenzie on April 21 at the Clairemont Days event at North DeAnza Cove in Mission Bay. She told Filner she'd been working for the City of San Diego for 32 years.

In the video Filner asks McKenzie personal questions, "thank you for your service. Do you have a boyfriend or a husband?"  McKenzie says she didn't and that's when she said the mayor at the time made her uncomfortable, "Whenever I see a beautiful woman, I always have to go and talk to her."

McKenzie says when Filner grabbed her wrists and asked her on a date that's when she got away and walked across the park to her friends who are park rangers know about the incident. Filner followed her and then put her in what is known as the "Filner headlock."

"Isn't she great? Isn't she great…I am mentoring her, I am thinking of making her employee of the day... Just to let you know I like to get really close to my city employees," said Filner in the video.

McKenzie's attorney, Dan Gilleon, said he planned to use an animated reenactment of McKenzie's version of events to help prove his client's case.

"Whether they laugh at it, I can't help that, it wasn't meant to be something to laugh at," said Gilleon.

The attorney said the events at the park were witnessed by two park rangers.

The lawsuit is the second to be filed against Filner. His former communications director, Irene McCormack Jackson, filed a $1.5 million suit against him and the city.

At least 20 women came forward, saying Filner made inappropriate advances toward them over his years in politics.

CBS News 8 showed the video to San Diegans who have had mixed emotions. Some believe is should be allowed in court because it will help the accuser. But other others believe it's a mockery and may backfire.

In a criminal case, Filner pleaded guilty to sexually harassing three women and was sentenced to probation and three months of home confinement.

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