The San Diego City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to file a lawsuit against Mayor Bob Filner, the Democrat facing fire from at least seven women who’ve come forward and accused him of sexual harassment, to recover any money the city has to pay in legal fees due to the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against the mayor.
The vote was taken in closed session, the Los Angeles Times reported.
"This is part of due process," City Atty. Jan Goldsmith said. "If Bob Filner engaged in unlawful conduct and the city is held liable, he will have to reimburse us every penny the city pays and its attorney fees."
The council is set to decide Tuesday evening whether the city's taxpayers will pay for Mr. Filner's attorney, Harvey Berger, who filed a request for reimbursement, The Times reported.
"I don't know that we can justify that expense, given the personal nature of the allegations," Council President Todd Gloria said. "This was not stuff that was done in the course of the mayor's work or required by his work. This is stuff he chose to do on his own."
Seven of nine council members have called on Mr. Filner to resign, along with the local Democratic Party and a list of Democratic officeholders, The Times said.
The Democrat refused to resign, and instead apologized for his behavior and said he would undergo "intensive therapy" for two weeks starting Aug. 5.
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