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.
“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.