After six weeks of heated controversy over the sexual harassment charges against him, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has agreed to resign, CBS News’ Ben Tracy confirms.
The San Diego City Council on Friday voted 7-0 to accept Filner’s resignation as part of a deal his lawyers struck with the city attorney over a sexual harassment suit against him. As part of the deal, Filner will stay in office until Aug. 30.
As many as 18 different women have publicly accused the mayor of groping, forcible kisses, and unwanted touching. After Filner last monthdeclined to resign — instead opting to spend two weeks at a behavioral counseling clinic — the public pressure against the mayor intensified. San Diego residents have started a recall campaign, while the Democratic National Committee on Friday unanimously voted to demand Filner’s resignation.