The San Diego City Council was expected to vote Tuesday night to not defend embattled Mayor Bob Filner in the sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him, after earlier voting to recoup any damages Filner incurs should he lose the case.
“Based on the earlier vote today, I don’t think the council will vote to defend the mayor,” said Katie Keach, the deputy chief of staff to Council President Todd Gloria.
Amid calls for his resignation after seven women publicly accused him of sexual harassment, Filner announced last week that he will instead enter a two-week intensive rehab program.
“I must become a better person,” Filner said then.
But Filner must still contend with a lawsuit brought against him by one of the women, his former communications director — and, in light of the Council’s vote, pay the fees out of his own pocket.
Meanwhile, Filner may face a second legal battle, depending on the outcome of a federal investigation into a $100,000 donation Filner accepted on behalf of the city, possibly in exchange for a favor to a development company, Sunroad. Filner has since returned the money to the company.
Keach said it’s still unclear whether the city would be responsible for any legal fees in that case, or whether that would fall to Filner personally.