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On a DVD given to the media, Filner said, "As someone who has spent a lifetime fighting for equality for all people, I am embarrassed to admit that I have failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me, and that at times I have intimidated them."

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Facing calls for his resignation amid sex harassment claims, San Diego Mayor Bob Filner issued an apology Thursday for his treatment of women and vowed to change his behavior, admitting "I need help."

 

Filner indicated he will not resign but that "I have reached into my heart and soul and realize I must and will change my behavior." He said he and his staff will take the sexual harassment training offered by the city.

 

On a DVD given to the media, Filner said, "As someone who has spent a lifetime fighting for equality for all people, I am embarrassed to admit that I have failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me, and that at times I have intimidated them."

He said he knew that San Diego residents "have every right to be disappointed" in him but asked that "you give me an opportunity to prove I am capable of change, so that the vision I have for our city's future can be realized."

 

Filner's admission came just hours after an emotionally charged news conference in which three longtime friends and supporters called on him to resign for what one called "truly reprehensible" behavior toward women.

 

Although no details were given about alleged sexual harassment, former City Councilwoman Donna Frye and lawyers Marco Gonzalez and Cory Briggs said they will help the women if they decide to come forward and file lawsuits.

 

Frye, her voice breaking, said the women "are too scared to speak."

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