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article imageGreat-grandmother accuses Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment

By Yukio Strachan     Aug 16, 2013 in Politics
San Diego - Just days after being banned from Hooters, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has been hit with another sexual harassment claim, this time, from a great-grandmother who says the mayor kissed her and asked her if she thought he could "go for eight hours."
Peggy Shannon, 67, who works part-time at San Diego City Hall's senior citizens service desk to supplement her Social Security income, appeared Thursday with attorney Gloria Allred in downtown San Diego to announce she has filed a sexual harassment claim with the Equal Employment Investigations Office against Filner.
After Filner was elected but before he was inaugurated, Shannon claims Filner would stop by her desk in the lobby of San Diego City Hall and talk to her, nbcsandiego.com reported.
“I took it as a compliment when he first talked to me,” she said, The San Diego Union-Tribune writes.
In January, she said his behavior changed. He began stopping by several times a day to “talk about us getting together the next weekend,” she said.
"My co-workers and I would laugh about it, at first," Shannon said at a Thursday afternoon news conference, according to 10News.com. "But when it kept happening and it got more and more inappropriate, it was not funny any more."
Then one day it got worse: Shannon said Filner grabbed and kissed her.
"I felt very shocked," she said. "I went home and cried."
Allred said Filner approached Shannon one time and said, "Do you think I could go eight hours, straight?"
Shannon said she was shocked and hurt.
"I was working and had to get myself together to continue my job," Shannon said.
The great-grandmother of two great-grandsons, who sobbed through most of her statement to the media, said she is afraid to go back to work, but will continue and go back to her post Friday.
"It is time for you to go," Allred said about Filner.
But Filner refuses to go. Instead he opted for "intensive therapy" to "learn how to respect women." Filner’s attorneys say he completed two weeks of behavioral therapy last Friday and will continue to get therapy on an outpatient basis.
Still, a growing number of local, state and federal officials are demanding he step down. He is currently facing an investigation by the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department and the civil lawsuit brought by Irene McCormack Jackson, Filner’s former communications aide. And on Wednesday, an attorney became the 15th woman to come forward with sexual harassment accusations against Filner.
Kathryn Vaughn told CBS 8, a local media outlet, that she encountered Filner, then a congressman, at a public event about 10 years ago.
"He made an inappropriate movement on my body, yes," Vaughn told the news station when asked if she was groped. She said she "let it go, and moved on" instead of reporting the incident.
If there are more women with sexual harassment allegations against Filner, the San Diego Sheriff's Department wants to hear from you. The number is 619-481-0220.
Filner maintains his innocence on all sexual harassment claims.
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