San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s chief of staff told 10News that Filner started his therapy program a week early following a slew of sexual harassment allegations, and that Filner also just wrapped up the program a week early.
He had previously been set to start therapy on Aug. 5 and come back to work Aug. 19, but Chief of Staff Lee Burdick told 10News’s Allison Ash that Filner began therapy early due to “intense media coverage.” It’s unclear when Filner will return to work.
Filner has been accused of making inappropriate advances by 14 women, including two city employees.
Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer sent a letter to Filner on Friday, the Associated Press reports, confronting her former fellow congressman to urge him to resign over sexual harassment allegations against him.
Boxer said in the letter to the 70-year-old Democratic mayor that the accusations have “shaken me to the core.”
Boxer pointed out that she already made a public call for his resignation: “But now I must say this directly to you: Bob, you must resign because you have betrayed the trust of the women you have victimized, the San Diegans you represent and the people you have worked with throughout your decades in public life.”
Numerous local, state and federal elected officials have called for the mayor to resign.
“Let me be clear: The latest revelations regarding your behavior toward women recovering from sexual assault - women who desperately need our help - have shaken me to my core,” Boxer wrote. She later added: “Bob, you have already hurt so many people. To avoid hurting your victims and the people of San Diego more than you already have, you should step down immediately.”
Filner’s office did not respond to a request from the Associated Press for comment on the letter.