August 23, 2013Updated4:06 p.m.
Bob Filner announced his resignation Friday as San Diego’s 35th mayor following a tumultuous six weeks in which lurid allegations of repeated sexual misconduct against women crippled his ability to lead and turned him into a subject of national ridicule.
Filner will to step down on Aug. 30 as part of a deal approved Friday afternoon by the City Council on a 7-0 vote in closed session that limits his legal and financial exposure stemming from a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former aide.
In a dramatic appearance before the council, Filner was both apologetic yet defiant, lashing out against a “lynch-mob mentality.”
“For my part in causing all of this, I offer a deep apology certainly to all the citizens of San Diego,” he said after the vote.
He added: “To all the women I offended, I had no intention to be offensive.”