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San Diego mayor rejects accuser’s claims

July 23, 2013

SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is rejecting claims by a former aide that he sexually harassed her.

His former communications director, Irene McCormack, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Filner Monday. She alleges that he asked her to work without panties, demanded kisses and dragged her around in a headlock while whispering sexual advances.

McCormack is the first person to publicly identify herself as a target of the mayor’s advances since some of Filner’s most prominent former supporters said nearly two weeks ago that he sexually harassed women and demanded he resign.

In a brief statement, the divorced, 70-year-old Filner said he does not believe the claims are valid and said he intends “to defend myself vigorously.” He didn’t address the specifics of McCormack’s claims.

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