9th woman accuses Filner of sexual harassment

SAN DIEGO — A ninth woman stepped forward Thursday accusing San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment.

Emily Gilbert told Fox 5 that she met the mayor at a fundraiser just days after Filner took office in December.  Gilbert, who works as a Marilyn Monroe impersonator, was hired to sing at a fundraising event.

Emily Gilbert

Emily Gilbert poses with Mayor Bob Filner at an event in December 2012.

“He grabbed me a little too tight, then proceeded to slide his hand down my arm and then did a little grab on my derriere,” Gilbert said. “I didn’t want to make a scene. There were kids around.”

She tried to laugh it off but was embarrassed by the crude behavior.

When Gilbert’s husband found out, he was livid but felt helpless.

“What was I going to do? He’s the mayor,” said Jason Gilbert, a former major in the Marines. “We don’t want any money, but we think the mayor should make a donation to a woman’s cause… Actions speak louder then words. He needs to resign.”

So far, eight women have publicly accused Filner of sexual harassment and one, his former communications director, has filed a lawsuit against him and the city of San Diego.

Fox 5 has reached out to the Mayor’s Office every day for the past 21 day for comment, but still has not heard back.

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