Colorado congresswoman accuses former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of harassment

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 21, 2017

Rep. Diana DeGette (D., Colo.) alleged Monday that Democrat Bob Filner pinned her against an elevator door and tried to kiss her while he was a member of Congress from California.

Filner eventually resigned as mayor less than a year into the job amid multiple allegations of sexual harassment.

It's the latest accusation against Filner, who served in the House from 2003 until 2012 before leaving to become San Diego's 35th Mayor.

"Some years ago, I was in an elevator, and then-Congressman Bob Filner tried to pin me to the door of the elevator and kiss me, and I pushed him away", DeGette said in the interview. "I don't really understand that cause it seems to me, particularly if those people are still in Congress or whatever the profession is then they're still getting away with it". "He couldn't take action against me".

This is not the first time Filner has been accused of sexually harassing women during his tenure in Congress.

Rep. Linda SanchezLinda Teresa SánchezCalifornia lawmaker says she was harassed by congressional colleague Fifth-ranking House Dem: Time for Pelosi to move on Calif. Dems could miss votes because of diverted plane: report MORE (D-Calif.), for example, told The Associated Press of two different male colleagues in Congress who harassed her.

Sanchez said that one lawmaker, who no longer serves in Congress, repeatedly ogled her and touched her inappropriately on the House floor. " A former Assemblywoman, Lori Saldaña, says she told party leaders about Filner two years before the accusations against him in 2013".

Speier said that a chief of staff forcibly kissed her, while Kuster has said that a "distinguished guest of the United States Congress" put his hand up her skirt while at a dinner with her then-boss. He was sentenced in December 2013 to 90 days home confinement and three years of probation. He also agreed he would never hold public office again. The felony charge said Filner forcibly restrained a woman at a fund-raising event, while the misdemeanor charges say he kissed a woman on the lips without her consent at City Hall and groped a woman innapropriately after she asked to have her picture taken with him at a rally.

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