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San Diego mayor to start outpatient therapy

By Kyung Lah and Melissa Gray, CNN
updated 12:38 PM EDT, Sun August 11, 2013
Businesswoman <a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/21/us/san-diego-mayor-bob-filner-scandal/index.html' target='_blank'>Dianne York</a> told CNN that<a href='http://www.cnn.com/2013/08/21/us/san-diego-mayor-bob-filner-scandal/index.html'> San Diego Mayor Bob Filner </a>put his hands on her buttocks during this photo op after a meeting three months ago. York said there were witnesses. She said both her advisers and Filner's were in the room at the time. Click through the gallery of other women who have come forward in the case. Businesswoman Dianne York told CNN that San Diego Mayor Bob Filner put his hands on her buttocks during this photo op after a meeting three months ago. York said there were witnesses. She said both her advisers and Filner's were in the room at the time. Click through the gallery of other women who have come forward in the case.
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STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Embattled San Diego Mayor Bob Filner completes intensive therapy Saturday, his attorney says
  • The mayor said he would start a two-week program on August 5 but started earlier
  • Filner's attorney says he will continue outpatient therapy sessions
  • A growing tide of women are making sexual harassment allegations against him

Los Angeles (CNN) -- San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, facing a growing tide of sexual harassment allegations, has completed two-week intensive behavior therapy and will begin outpatient treatment, according to his lawyer.

In a statement, attorney James Payne said Filner began treatment on July 29, a week earlier than the mayor previously told reporters he would start. Filner was to complete that phase of treatment Saturday, Payne said.

Friday, the city attorney released a statement saying Filner left treatment a week earlier than Filner said he would.

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In his statement, Payne said Filner would take some personal time next week and would not be available for comment.

It is unclear when Filner will return to work.

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An increasing number of women were coming forward at the time to report that Filner inappropriately touched them, prompting his chief of staff to resign and fellow Democrats to call for Filner to step down.

The sexual harassment allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner are not the first time this Pacific Coast city has seen scandal. Look back at some of the other political missteps, morasses and quagmires in which the city's politicians have found themselves: The sexual harassment allegations against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner are not the first time this Pacific Coast city has seen scandal. Look back at some of the other political missteps, morasses and quagmires in which the city's politicians have found themselves:
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Eleven women have now accused Filner, 70, of sexual harassment while he was mayor or a congressman.

The latest is nurse Michelle Tyler, who said Tuesday that Filner rubbed her arm in his office and asked for dinner dates in June in exchange for his helping a brain-injured Iraq War veteran. She said Filner told her he wanted to kiss her.

While Filner acknowledged last month that "I need help" and said "I'm clearly doing something wrong," he has also said he believes he will be vindicated when all the facts come out. The mayor has vowed not to resign.

Filner served 10 terms, or 20 years, in Congress before being elected mayor of San Diego last year.

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CNN's Kyung Lah reported from Los Angeles. Melissa Gray reported and wrote the story in Atlanta.

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