SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - Embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner apologized on Friday for his conduct toward women and what he called his "failure to respect" them, and said he would take a two-week leave for behavioral therapy rather than resign.
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As pressure mounted on Filner to step down over a hail of sexual harassment allegations leveled at him this week by several women, the 70-year-old Democrat and former congressman said he would enter a counseling clinic on August 5 to undergo "intensive therapy."
"Let me be absolutely clear the behavior I have engaged in over many years is wrong," he told a news conference. "My failure to respect women and the intimidating conduct I engaged in at times is inexcusable. It has undermined what I have spent my entire professional life working on."
During his two-week leave, Filner said he would be in counseling at the clinic on a full-time basis and would be briefed on city activities every morning and evening.
Filner's statement came a day after four more women, including a retired U.S. Navy admiral and a college dean, came forward to publicly accuse him of making unwanted sexual advances.
The clamor for Filner's ouster intensified after his former press secretary at City Hall, Irene McCormack Jackson, filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against the mayor Monday, accusing him of unwanted physical contact and suggestive comments.
(Reporting by Marty Graham and Alex Dobuzinskis; Writing by Steve Gorman; Editing by Dina Kyriakidou and Leslie Adler)
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