SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The San Diego City Council has authorized the city attorney to file legal action against Mayor Bob Filner to shield public funds from any potential payout in a sexual harassment lawsuit against Filner, the city attorney said on Tuesday.
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The City Attorney Office said in a statement that the council voted unanimously in closed session on Tuesday to authorize the filing of what amounts to a new lawsuit against the mayor.
On July 22, Filner's former press secretary accused him in a lawsuit of sexual harassment. The City Council's action is meant to protect city funds in that case.
(This story has been fixed to correct the date of lawsuit in the third paragraph to July 22 from June 22.)
(Reporting by Marty Graham; Writing by Alex Dobuzinskis; Editing by Greg McCune and Dan Grebler)
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