15th Woman Accuses Mayor Filner of Harassment

By Michael Winter, USA TODAY

A 67-year-old great-grandmother working at San Diego City Hall has become the 15th woman to accuse Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment.

In announcing a state claim against the 70-year-old mayor, Peggy Shannon said Thursday that since Filner took office in January he had kissed her, grabbed her hands, repeatedly asked her for a date and bragged about his sexual stamina while she was at the senior citizens' help desk in the City Hall lobby.

"My co-workers and I would laugh about it at first," she said at a news conference with noted feminist attorney Gloria Allred. "But when it kept happening and it got more and more inappropriate, it was not funny anymore."

Shannon said she went home and cried the day that Filner kissed her. "I was not sure how to take this contact but it was very disturbing to me," she said, according to NBC San Diego. Shannon said she felt trapped and powerless.

She said Filner once bragged that he could "go eight hours straight," implying sex.

"Every day I went to work I had butterflies in my stomach because I did not know what was going to happen the next time the mayor came by my desk," Shannon said.

Saying she was acting "to protect working women," Shannon said it was "long overdue for you to do the right thing and the right thing is for you to go."

Last month, Filner, a Democrat, acknowledged his "inexcusable" treatment of women over many years but he has rejected calls by the City Council and other party officials to resign.

He recently ended early an in-patient behavioral therapy program but is continuing counseling.


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