SAN DIEGO - - Bob Filner is stepping down as mayor of San Diego as part of an agreement that was approved minutes ago by the City Council. His resignation will take effect Aug. 30.
The council voted 7-0 in favor of the mediation deal.
"I apologize to all of you," Filner said in the San Diego City Council chamber after the council emerged from a 90-minute closed-door meeting, during which the panel unanimously approved a settlement agreement with the mayor.
Although he apologized, Filner blamed a "lynch mob mentality" for leading to his demise, and insisted that he "never sexually harassed anyone."
"I think I let you down," Filner said, addressing his supporters in the room. "We had a chance to do a progressive vision in this city for the fist time in 50 years. ... We need you to carry that vision forward. This is not the time to let it die."
Filner offered a personal apology to his former fiancee, Bronwyn Ingram.
"I love you very much," he said. "You came to love San Diego as much as I did. And you did memorable things in the short time you were first lady and I personally apologize for the hurt I have caused you, Bronwyn.
"To all the women that I offended, I had no intention to be offensive, to violate any physical or emotional space. I was trying to establish personal relationships, but the combination of awkwardness and hubris led to behavior that many found offensive."
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