Businesswoman accusing Filner of inappropriate behavior to speak

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SAN DIEGO – The businesswoman accusing San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of putting his hand on her buttocks is scheduled to hold a press conference Wednesday.

Dianne-York-and-Bob-FilnerDianne York, owner of The Spa of La Jolla, will be addressing news reporters at 1 p.m. outside a shopping mall in National City.

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The first woman to accuse Filner of unwanted advances, groping or, in some instances, forced kissing, was his former communications director, Irene Jackson McCormack. She is suing the mayor and the city for unspecified damages.

Mediation between Filner, lawyers and city officials began Monday. All parties have refused to say whether they would go into a third day of negotiations Wednesday — negotiations reported to be dealing in part with the possibility of Filner’s resignation.

“It can be a long process. We are in that process; it is ongoing,” City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said of the talks taking place on the 17th floor of a downtown high-rise.

McCormack Jackson came forward with her allegations in mid-July. She is one of three city employees among Filner’s alleged 18 victims.