Embattled San Diego Mayor Filner to get intensive therapy
Seven women have said they were targets of the mayor’s advances
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner.
- Nonprofit leader Morgan Rose told CNN on Wednesday that she recently told authorities about her experience with Filner after hearing similar accusations against the mayor in recent weeks. She called a hotline set up by the San Diego Sheriff’s Department for accusers who are allowed to remain anonymous under California law.
- Rose said she met Filner in April 2009 when he was a congressman to lobby on behalf of her nonprofit organization that focuses on domestic violence.
- The two met at a restaurant near Filner’s congressional office in Chula Vista, California, she told CNN.
- At that meeting, she said, Filner allegedly looked her up and down, stared into her eyes and said, “Your eyes have bewitched me,” Rose said.
- Filner allegedly then made a remark along the lines of, according to Rose’s paraphrasing, “You’ll have to excuse me for what’s about to happen. It’s your fault,” Rose said.
- Filner then moved to her side of the booth, sat beside her, pinned her to the wall, and put his arm around her, Rose alleged.
- Rose avoided the advances, and Filner was suddenly interrupted by his ringing cell phone, Rose said. Filner then left the restaurant, she said.
- Rose spoke of the incident to her closest friends and didn’t pursue the matter because she feared her nonprofit might somehow suffer, she told CNN.
- But when Rose heard of similar accusations against Filner in recent weeks, she called the victims hotline.
- Sharon Bernie-Cloward, president of the San Diego Port Tenants Association, relayed her allegations against Filner to KPBS, along with three other accusers. She said when Filner was running for mayor in 2012, he approached her at a political event.
- “He touched me, actually groped me on my backside inappropriately,” Bernie-Cloward told KPBS. “I was left there startled and fearful. In fact, I actually had someone walk me to my car that night.”
- Patti Roscoe, a prominent businesswoman in San Diego’s tourism and hospitality industry, told KPBS that on numerous occasions, Filner “put in me what I guess now is the famous headlock.”
- “I felt fearful, even as well as I knew him, because it was an invasion into my space,” Roscoe told the network. “And he would come in and try to kiss me on the lips and I’d have to squirm to get away. And just as recently as a few months ago this happened. I turned and he just slobbered down my chin.
- “And I was so violated and so offended. It’s just such a terrible invasion.”
Veronica “Ronne” Froman
- Veronica “Ronne” Froman, a retired Navy rear admiral and San Diego’s former chief operating officer, described to KPBS an encounter that she said had with then-Congressman Filner a few years ago at a meeting at his office after everyone had left.
- “He stopped me and he got very close to me. And he ran his finger up my cheek like this and he whispered to me, ‘Do you have a man in your life?’ “ Froman said. “I jumped back. I was very, very startled. And I said, ‘Yes, I have a man in my life.’
- “And he said, ‘who?’ And I said, ‘Linden Blue.’ He says, ‘Oh, of the Blues Brothers?’ And he says, ‘Maybe we can get together sometime and have lunch and he can support me for mayor.’
- “I was really rattled. I got in the car with the two guys I was working with and I told them never to leave me alone in a room with Bob Filner again.”