San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s (D) August 7 sexual assault deposition was postponed. The judge did not set a new date, but both sides must appear on September 16 to discuss legal issues.
In July, Filner’s ex-communications director Irene McCormack sued him, and 14 women have come forward since to accuse him of sexual harassment. This morning woman number 14 told her story to San Diego’s KOGO 600.
His lawyer filed a motion to move the venue of the trial to Imperial County and to postpone the deposition. It was scheduled for Friday, August 9, but Filner is currently in therapy. An anonymous doctor submitted this note:
To Whom It May Concern;
Robert Filner is currently under my care in an intensive treatment program and will be unavailable for deposition on August 9, 2013.
No one knows where Filner is or anything about his treatment, a cause for concern to those in the city attorney’s office.
“We don’t know who this person is,” Joe Cordileone, San Diego’s chief deputy city attorney, said of the doctor who signed the note. “We don’t know what kind of treatment the mayor is getting. We don’t know what is going on.”
Two of Filner’s alleged victims belong to the National Women’s Voters Association of America and they said the mayor must be held accountable. From San Diego 6: “He needs to be held accountable, to choose this population he needs to be held accountable,” said NWVAA Founder Tara Jones.
The group, headquartered in San Diego, helps female veterans who’ve been victims of sexual of abuse in the military.
Jones says after the sexual harassment allegations started coming out against the mayor last month, the group called some of it’s members. Jones says she was stunned by the number of women who said they too had been harassed by Filner.
“Of course I expect more. When I got to 8 or 9, I stopped counting,” Jones said.
Eldonna Fernandez spoke to CNN, and Jones said many other women have told her about inappropriate behavior by Filner.