SAN DIEGO (AP) — An attorney for a woman suing San Diego's embattled mayor for sexual harassment said Monday the two sides are in settlement talks but declined to say whether a possible resignation was being discussed.
Lawyer Gloria Allred, who represents Mayor Bob Filner's former communications director, said a retired federal judge is mediating the negotiations. She added the talks are ongoing and she couldn't comment further.
It wasn't known if Filner was present for the talks, but he was seen earlier in the day entering the same downtown office building where the mediation took place.
Allred said she and her client would not be returning Tuesday.
Filner is facing a recall effort prompted by a cascade of sexual harassment allegations that also led the entire City Council and many leading Democrats to call for him to step down.
"He needs to resign," City Councilman Kevin Faulconer said Monday as he headed into City Hall. "He doesn't represent us, and he does not represent this city."
Faulconer was later seen entering the building where Filner was spotted by KFMB-TV in San Diego. The councilman referred questions to the city attorney's office, which declined to comment.
Filner has been out of the public's eye for the past three weeks while undergoing therapy.
Steve Erie, a political science professor at the University of California, San Diego, said Filner's resignation must be part of the discussions. Erie added Filner would benefit from waiting it out, since his pension would spike after serving a year, which would be in December.
"As long as he doesn't resign, he has leverage," Erie said. "So stay tuned."
Allred represents Irene McCormack Jackson, who was the first of more than a dozen women to go public with harassment allegations. Since then, his accusers have ranged from a university dean to a retired Navy rear admiral. Some contend he cornered, groped and forcibly kissed them.
McCormack filed a lawsuit claiming Filner asked her to work without panties, demanded kisses, told her he wanted to see her naked and dragged her in a headlock while whispering in her ear. The latest accuser came forward Thursday — a 67-year-old great-grandmother and volunteer city worker who assists senior citizens.
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