LOS ANGELES — The embattled San Diego mayor, Bob Filner, was expected to resign Friday as part of an agreement with other city officials, local officials close to the mediation effort said.
The City Council was expected to meet Friday afternoon to approve the deal, which is said to include payment for at least part of Filner’s legal fees in the sexual harassment suit filed against him.
Officials, including two City Council members and the city attorney, had been part of a three-day mediation led by a retired federal judge and announced the news of the deal late Wednesday evening. Filner was seen taking boxes out of his office shortly after the announcement.
During the last several weeks, 18 women have come forward with allegations that Filner, 70, a Democrat, had behaved inappropriately, including groping them and forcibly kissing them.
A retired Navy rear admiral, a great-grandmother, a university dean, and Filner’s former communications director were among the women who filed the sexual harassment suit against him.
Jan Goldsmith, San Diego’s city attorney, announced late Wednesday that the tentative deal had been reached but declined to provide details until the agreement can be discussed by the City Council on Friday.
“The City Council has not heard of this proposal, and our process at City Hall as well as the mediation process requires that we maintain the confidentiality of the proposal until they have heard of it,” Goldsmith said.
Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner’s former communications director, was the first woman to come forward. Her lawyer, Gloria Allred, said that Filner had demanded that Jackson kiss him, said he wanted to see her naked, and asked her to work without wearing underwear.
Allred said that Filner had once placed his arm around Jackson’s neck and dragged her around while he whispered sexual comments into her ear.
Filner has acknowledged that he has behaved inappropriately at times, but has denied that he has sexually harassed women.
A 10-term US representative before he was elected mayor, Filner announced that he would undergo two weeks of behavior treatment therapy, but has thus far refused to resign.