Disgraced San Diego Ex-Mayor Bob Filner Pleads Guilty to Felony Abuse Charges

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Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, who resigned from the helm of California’s second-largest city following a string of sexual harassment allegations, has been charged with false imprisonment and battery, the San Diego Superior court said on Tuesday.

A former Democratic congressman who served only a brief mayoral tenure after being elected last year, Filner was charged with felony false imprisonment and two misdemeanor counts of battery involving three women, the court and state prosecutors said.

California Attorney General Kamala Harris filed the complaint against Filner on Tuesday morning, and the disgraced former mayor was expected to appear in Superior Court at 10 a.m. local time, a spokesman said.

Filner resigned in August as part of a settlement with the city over how to handle a lawsuit filed by his former press secretary, Irene McCormack Jackson.

She is among a string of at least 18 women who accused the 71-year-old politician of making unwanted sexual advances. She is so far the only one to sue him. Filner has apologized to San Diego residents but said no sexual harassment allegation against him had been proven.

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