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Bob Filner, the former San Diego mayor who resigned this summer after several women accused him of sexual harassment, was in court Tuesday to plead guilty to felony charges of false imprisonment.
Filner, who also served nine terms in Congress, has also been charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery, reports The Associated Press. The felony count does not go into details, only noting that Filner is accused of imprisoning three woman “by violence, fraud, menace and deceit.” The women were only identified as Jane Does.
As CNN notes, Filner officially stepped down in August after repeated calls for his resignation following accusations from 19 women who accused him of sexual harassment and misconduct. Irene McCormack Jackson, his former communications advisor, was the first woman to step forward and filed a lawsuit.
Filner did apologize to the City Council, but later insisted that he “never sexually harassed anyone.” When he resigned, he struck a deal with the City Council, which will pay for his legal defense against the lawsuit. However, the AP reports that City Attorney Jan Goldsmith stressed that they will not defend him in a criminal case.