Filner to make announcement at noon

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bob-filnerSAN DIEGO — Embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner will make an announcement Friday amid growing calls for his resignation.

The Mayor’s Office  said Filner will make a statement at noon but did not provide any information about what he would say.

The mayor’s news conference will be carried live on Fox 5 and fox5sandiego.com.

Filner, a Democrat who left Congress to become San Diego’s mayor last fall, has been accused by seven women of unwanted advances and touching, dating back several years. The first woman came forward Monday and others have followed every day this week.

Both local and national Democratic Party leaders have called for Filner to step down.

Filner, 70, first came under fire for sexual harassment about two weeks ago, when three of his former political allies, including former Councilwoman Donna Frye, held a joint news conference to say they had become aware of his indiscretions and wanted his immediate resignation. Since then, numerous other political and civic leaders have also called for his resignation, including the majority of the City Council and Filner’s former fiancee.

Filner initially apologized when harassment allegations were first raised. More recently, however, he has said his actions do not constitute sexual harassment and that he wants his due process rights.

The sheriff’s department has created a hotline for women who believe they are victims at 619-481-0220.

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