Update: 8/21/2013 Filner “mediation” with City Attorney and Gloria Allred continues. Settlement likely Filner wants a deal and Allred wants his resignation. The San Diego taxpayer is left with the bill for costly sex harass claims. Deal maker Filner gets $100K investigation dropped and he walks with his pension. Meanwhile, daily, thousands of San Diegans continue to sign Filner recall petition. How about a new law? If you commit a crime in office, you pay for it. Simply my opinion.
Update: 8/17/2013 16 women have now come forward claiming mistreatment by Mayor Filner. As alleged by victims, Filner’s mistreatment includes forcibly kissing, putting his tongue down a throat, grabbing, and placing an arm hold around a neck. Assault & battery, anyone?
Mayor Bob Filner has been locked out of the San Diego Mayor’s Office. The locks have been changed and he faces sexual harassment allegations by 13 women.
What next? A restraining order? Will Mayor Filner be arrested for assault and battery? false imprisonment? witness intimidation? Will Filner be offered a “deal” to resign? News at 11.
I kid you not.
As one who has handled sexual harassment cases and served as a San Diego prosecutor, criminal prosecution can be a real possibility for Mayor Filner.
Just like any other defendant, if he touched or grabbed any one of the “Filner 13”, the 13 alleged victims who have come forward alleging sexual harassment by San Diego’s Mayor, or, if he held any one of them against their will or threatened any of them, he could be arrested and criminally prosecuted, in addition to potentially facing numerous civil lawsuits for sexual harassment.
Certainly, criminal prosecution, if warranted, may be cheaper for the San Diego taxpayer than an expensive and difficult voter recall. And, maybe, upon arrest, he will finally choose to resign. Don’t hold your breath. If Filner is a sexual harasser, his behavior is all about power and control which means he will resign on his terms in spite of numerous notable calls for his resignation.
So, why is Filner not resigning? My guess, power and control. He is holding the mayor’s office hostage until his terms are met. Likely, Filner may want the San Diego taxpayer to help him with his legal costs defending the harassment suits, a guaranteed pension, termination of the investigation into the alleged improper $100,000 payment and whatever else he can negotiate. Don’t forget Filner has spent a lifetime making deals and living on the public doll as a professional politician. Why not have the taxpayer continue to pay his bills, he may think. After all, his apparent defense is to blame his alleged misconduct on the City of San Diego (the taxpayer) for not providing him with sexual harassment training to “justify” his alleged misconduct and explain why the San Diego taxpayer should foot the bill for the lawsuits.
Filner is entitled to due process and his day in court or courts. Let him explain his “problem” with women and prove the Filner 13 are not credible. I say no deals to Filner. Let the jury assess his accountability. If Filner feels wronged, let him sue the San Diego taxpayer and convince a San Diego jury that he has been wronged, like any other plaintiff. It will likely be cheaper and less risky than facing Gloria Allred who is known for getting multi-million dollar outcomes.
Simply my opinion, what say you?
Legal Analyst Michele Hagan on KFI Los Angeles Talk Radio.
Could Filner go to jail for personal use of taxpayer’s credit card (misuse of public funds)? Read my post.
(Update 5/22/2012: Allred hired. Okorocha just filed a lawsuit against Allred for “stealing” his clients (intentional interference with contractual relations, etc.). Allred’s response, she’ll sue him for defamation, as reported on cnn.com.)
(Update 5/17/2012: John Doe #2, the Atlanta masseuse, fired attorney Okorocha and dismissed his lawsuit against Travolta. Hmmm. Will he hire Allred?)
Just when John Travolta thought he beat one sexual battery allegation, turns out John Doe #1, the LA masseuse, just hired famed victim’s rights attorney, Gloria Allred, to represent him in allegations involving sexual battery by John Travolta.
Although John Doe #1 apparently got the date of the alleged sexual battery incident at the Beverly Hills Hotel wrong (January 15th not 16th), leading to his dismissing himself out of the initial lawsuit, his hiring Gloria Allred just upped the ante and his credibility.
Gloria Allred vs. John Travolta. Oh, this won’t be pretty.
Just ask Tiger Woods. He paid over a million dollars to mistress Rachel Uchitel. Or, actor Eddie Murphy who lost a costly paternity battle with Spice Girl Melanie Brown. Or, US Presidential candidate Herman Cain whose campaign ended when Sharon Bialek came forward with allegations of sexual harassment. Or, Congressman Anthony Weiner, who gave up his seat after the “weiner” tweet. Or, even, Hollywood Producer Aaron Spelling who lost $4.8 million when the jury found in favor of actress Hunter Tylo.
Moral of the story. Don’t mess with Gloria Allred.
Ms. Allred doesn’t take weak cases and she usually gets LARGE settlements for her clients. Her name alone makes most defense attorneys gasp and defendants shutter. And, more importantly, Ms. Allred is a “media darling” and when she’s on a case, the media gives her the mic and plenty of air time. Few defendants can survive the media “attention” and that alone may cause Travolta to settle and settle fast, whether the allegations are truth or pulp fiction.
What’s the alternative? Trial. The possibility of more “salacious” details or “prior bad acts”. And, an outcome likely determined by the cross-examination of two and maybe three male masseuses.
Maybe, it’s not a face/off worth risking.
Simply my opinion, what say you?
Is it me or has Attorney Gloria Allred become today’s version of “The Gong Show”? She shows up and, even Tiger Woods pays big money for her to go away.
It’s time, Mr. Cain, to tell the truth or go home.
Really, I think that we’ve all had enough of Herman Cain’s denials, truth dodging and frankly his hubris. And, given Mr. Cain’s recent attempts to limit the media’s questions to his 9-9-9 plan, his displays of anger when questioned about allegations of sexual harassment and now, his attempts to intimidate the media by insinuating a breach of the “journalistic code of ethics”, is appalling conduct coming from a candidate seeking the Presidency of the United States. Not to mention, a long-time corporate CEO and former chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank.
So, is it is a leap of faith for us to believe that Mr. Cain would act inappropriately with women? So far, we know of 4 women. Likely, there will be more.
Apparently, Herman Cain has gotten his way for a long time and he clearly has no patience when questioned. And, clearly, no patience for the truth either. Hardly, the qualities we are looking for in a leader.
When the truth is knocking, you must answer the door.
Simply my opinion, what say you?