San Diego Mayor Resigns Amid Sexual Harassment Claims

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Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (Photo: MGN Online)

(CNN) — The San Diego City Council has accepted the resignation of Mayor Bob Filner amid a torrent of sexual harassment claims, the council’s president announced Friday afternoon.

Filner’s resignation will be effective August 30, council President Todd Gloria said.

The announcement came after the council approved, in a 7-0 closed-door vote, a mediation agreement in the case, Gloria said. Filner’s resignation was contingent on the deal’s approval.

For his part in the scandal, Filner said to the council Friday afternoon, “I offer a deep apology.”

Even as he apologized for his behavior, Filner said: “I have never sexually harassed anyone. But the hysteria that has been created is the hysteria of a lynch mob.”

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