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.


46 Comments to “9th woman accuses Filner of sexual harassment”

    Bowler's Desk San Diego News said:
    August 2, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    Reblogged this on San Diego News – Bowler's Desk and commented:
    9th woman accuses Filner of sexual harassment

    Interesting said:
    August 2, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    So the way I see it out of all these women, the one who was 'harassed" first should be held responsible for not reporting it right away if it did happen since all it takes is one person to open their mouth and stand up for themself and by doing so it could have stopped him from allegedly doing this to other women…now all of them are complaining when none of them cared to say anything before the first complaint.

    Beat-A-Ho-Tribe said:
    August 3, 2013 at 11:41 AM

    Bitch is lying, why she didn't come forward when the so called "Harassed" first happened? Just wants to get her old, ugly face on TV.

    Jack said:
    August 4, 2013 at 12:48 AM

    I'm not a Filner fan by any stretch of the imagination, but these women keep setting off my BS meter. I wonder why? ;)

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