[VIDEO] Only hours after reports of a purposed settlement in a sexual harassment lawsuit against San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, cellphone video taken by a city staffer shows Filner leaving City Hall getting into a black SUV loaded full of several boxes.
Filner refused to comment as he left the building, before getting into the passenger side of the SUV and driving away.
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(Fox 11) Wednesday's (8/21) announcement comes on the same day an eighteenth accuser--business owner Dianne York--came forward claiming Filner sexually harassed her.
Mayor Bob Filer's attorneys were in a mediation session Monday with City Attorney Jan Goldsmith and attorney Gloria Allred - who spoke with Studio11LA shortly before the announcement was made on Wednesday.
Here's what the city attorney had to say. Goldsmith says: "We have just completed three days of mediation. We have reached a proposed resolution. It will be presented to the student council at a closed session council meeting, Friday at 1pm at city hall. Immediately thereafter the session, we may have a report out at the public council meeting at the same location. The city council has not heard of this proposal and our process at city hall as well as the mediation process requires that we maintain the confidentiality of the proposal until they have heard of it. This is the process we follow. Any rumors you hear about the proposal, you may deem to be untrue because the people standing here are the ones who know if it and we've all committed to judge Irving that we will maintain the confidentiality of the mediation. This is our process."
Although the mayor has publicly apologized for his intimidating conduct. He says his behavior toward women, while wrong, does not qualify as sexual harassment.
Meanwhile recall efforts are underway to oust the mayor. The city needs to turn in one hundred two thousand signatures to the city clerk's office by September twenty-sixth to put the recall before voters.
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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner and the city reached a proposed settlement on Wednesday in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed against him by his former press secretary, the city attorney told reporters.
The disclosure of the settlement on the third day of negotiations came on the same day a former star of a reality television show became the 18th woman to publicly accuse Filner of groping or other inappropriate behavior, in a scandal that has rocked California's second largest city.
Filner has come under mounting pressure to resign amid a torrent of sexual harassment allegations leveled at him, starting with his former press secretary, Irene McCormack Jackson, who sued the mayor and the city on July 22.
The San Diego City Council in July filed a cross-complaint against Filner seeking to recover from him any damages the city might face in the lawsuit.
"We have reached a proposed resolution," City Attorney Jan Goldsmith, who was flanked by two City Council members and attorneys for Filner, told reporters gathered outside the downtown office building where talks were held.
Goldsmith did not disclose the scope of the proposed settlement, but he said that it will be presented to the San Diego City Council in closed session on Friday. "We won't have more to discuss until Friday afternoon," he said.
Filner, meanwhile, was spotted inside City Hall on Wednesday in what was believed to be the first sighting of him there since he took a brief leave of absence to enter behavioral modification therapy early this month.
But neither his office nor his lawyers have replied to repeated queries this week about whether the 70-year-old Democrat and former U.S. congressman has fully resumed his duties as the city's top elected official.
Negotiations aimed at reaching a settlement began on Monday at a downtown office building near City Hall, according to Jackson's attorney, Gloria Allred.
The sessions were presided over by a retired federal judge, J. Lawrence Irving, a respected mediator, who has asked all parties to refrain from discussing the talks publicly, Goldsmith said.
'ADDICTED TO BEAUTY'
Since Jackson filed her suit last month, 17 more women have come forward to accuse Filner of making unwanted advances, the latest being Dianne York, 50, who starred in a short-lived reality show about cosmetic surgery on the Oxygen Channel cable network called "Addicted to Beauty."
York, who has acknowledged on the show's website that she has undergone "more than five and less than 10" cosmetic surgical procedures herself, was depicted on the series as launching a business partnership with a prominent plastic surgeon to open a day spa in San Diego.
At a news conference on Wednesday, York said the mayor put his hand on her buttocks when she posed with him for a photo at his office in May following a meeting to discuss what she called an illegal foreclosure on her business, the Spa of La Jolla.
"I was shocked," she said. "It was inappropriate." She gave few other details except to say she reported the incident to the county sheriff's department, which has set up a hot line to field complaints about alleged misconduct by the mayor.
County court records show York has been involved in more than a dozen lawsuits during the past three years, some of them disputes with her own attorneys.
Among the other women who have alleged sexual harassment by Filner were a retired U.S. Navy admiral, a college dean, a licensed vocational nurse, several business women and two military veterans who were victims of unrelated sexual assaults in the armed forces.
Filner has so far refused to step down but has apologized for what he acknowledged was a pattern of disrespectful and intimidating behavior toward women.
On August 5, he entered a treatment at an undisclosed behavioral counseling clinic. His lawyers said he left the clinic after several days but was taking additional time off last week before planning to return to work this week.
On Sunday, volunteers began collecting signatures for a petition seeking to oust Filner through a recall election. Organizers said that as of Tuesday night they had collected 11,000 of the 102,000 signatures needed by September 26 to qualify a recall for the ballot.