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Four Prominent Women Describe What Filner Did

 
Four Prominent Women Describe What Filner Did
Posted Monday, July 29th 2013 @ 5pm

These four women are all prominent members of the community and who serve in government, business or education.

They include businesswoman Patti Roscoe, San Diego State University Dean Joyce Gattas,  San Diego Port Tenants Association President Sharon Cloward and
Retired Adm. Veronica "Ronne" Froman.

CLICK HERE to see interviews with three women who came forward earlier and more continuing coverage.

Here is a summary of the comments from the four women as reported by KPBS  media partner 10News:

"I felt fearful," Roscoe said. "It was an invasion into my space, and he would come in and try to kiss me on the lips and I'd have to squirm to get away, and just as recently as a few months ago this happened. And I turned and he just slobbered down my chin and I was so violated and I was so offended." Roscoe said Filner's harassment went beyond kissing attempts. "On other occasions, he's gotten close to me and put his hands on inappropriate places on my body ... and it's just such a terrible invasion," Roscoe said.

San Diego State University Dean Joyce Gattas told KPBS she also was sexually harassed by Filner. "Where he's held me and held me too tight, kiss on the cheek which is inappropriate, hand on the knee that lasted too long," Gattas said. "Moreover, I've been in the environment where he has made those sexual comments to others."

Two years ago at Filner's congressional office, Retired Adm. Veronica "Ronne" Froman, the former San Diego Navy Mayor, said she was the only woman in the room.  "As we were leaving the office, all the guys left and I was the last one in the room," Froman said. "Bob stepped between me and the doorway and he stopped me … and he got very close to me, and he ran his finger up my cheek like this and he whispered to me, 'Do you have a man in your life?' I jumped back. I was very, very startled, and I said, 'Yes, I have a man in my life.' And he said 'Who?' And I said, 'Lyndon Blue.'  And he said, 'Oh, of the Blues Brothers? Maybe we can all get together sometime for lunch and he can support me for mayor,'" Froman said. "I was really rattled. I went out in the car, got in with the two guys I was working with and I told them to never leave me in a room alone with Bob Filner again," Froman said.

San Diego Port Tenants Association President Sharon Cloward described what she said happened with Filner in 2010. "He said I was beautiful and that he wanted to date me," said Cloward. "And this time Bob Filner was going through his re-election process, so he made it clear that he would like to date me as soon as the re-election process was over."

Mayor Filner has denied all accusations of sexual harassment.

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