|Facing multiple claims of sexual harassment, San Diego Mayor who is a staunch supporter of the Mujahedin-e Khalq organization (MKO, a.k.a. MEK), released a video on Thursday saying “I must and will change my behavior.”|
According to Habilian Association, Filner went on to say that he is embarrassed to admit that “I have failed to fully respect women who worked for me and with me.” “And at times I have intimidated them.”
Former Councilwoman Donna Frye, who was a member of Filner’s staff until she resigned in April, and attorneys Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs, each hand-delivered letters to Filner requesting his immediate resignation Wednesday and echoed those requests at a Thursday morning press conference.
Frye didn't provide any specifics at an emotional news conference Thursday, like the nature of the alleged abuse, when it occurred and how often. But she demanded Filner resign, saying, "There is no doubt in my mind that these allegations are true."
Calling the charges as serious, Filner said, “When a friend like Donna Frye is compelled to call for my resignation, I’m clearly doing something wrong.”
“I am also humble to say that I need help. I have begun to work with professionals to make changes in my behavior and approach.” In addition, Filner vowed to undergo sexual harassment training.
According to Team 10, at least six of nine San Diego city council members are calling on Filner to resign.
“As a woman, I am deeply troubled by this behavior. As an elected official who represents the citizens of San Diego, I am saddened for what this means for our City. I ask that the Mayor do the honorable thing and step down,” said Councilwoman Lorie Zapf.
The scandal comes after Filner’s controversial free trip to Paris and participating in the MKO’s rally, which according to Team 10 sources cost taxpayers $22,000 to send two San Diego police officers with him.
“My trip to France in summary was a business trip,” he said.
However the event, organized by the terrorist MKO group, was intended to celebrate the anniversary of MKO’s armed struggle against Iranian civilians in June 1981. The group-let claims that tens of thousands of Iranians attend the Villepinte gathering from across Europe.
“My first question is who is paying for all this?” Councilman Scott Sherman said. “I don’t get why a mayor of the city of San Diego would need to be there. I think he was beating feet as quick as he could to get out of town because of all the negative news media.”