CNN; July 30, 2013
San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who’s battling a tide of sexual harassment allegations, wants his city to cover his legal expenses.
Last week, Filner’s lawyer sent a letter to the city, saying it should mount the mayor’s defense and pay his legal bills.
On Tuesday, the city council will hold a closed session to figure out how to proceed.
It’s a tricky predicament.
Seven of nine members of the city council have asked Filner to step down.
And even though it’s not unprecedented for cities to pick up the tab to defend one of its officials, some city council members have said Filner’s case is different: the acts he’s accused of didn’t take place as part of his official duties.
There’s also another hitch: the city itself, along with the mayor, is the defendant in a lawsuit filed by his former spokeswoman — one of seven women accusing Filner of unwanted groping, kissing or other inappropriate contact.
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