Report: Claims hit $4M in case of San Diego mayor

Bob Filner (Fox Photo Date: July 26, 2013,
Bob Filner (Fox Photo Date: July 26, 2013,
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Updated: 12/18/2013 8:39 pm

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Claims totaling $4 million have been filed against the city of San Diego in the sexual harassment scandal involving former Mayor Bob Filner.

Most women making the nine claims reported by U-T San Diego had come forward last summer.

However, the newspaper said two staffers from the mayor's office had not — Benelia Santos-Hunter, who was executive assistant to Filner, and Caroline Ledesma, who served as executive receptionist.

Santos-Hunter's $1.5 million claim does not detail any specific actions by Filner but said incidents happened at work multiple times since January. City officials say she is on leave.

Ledesma seeks $7,500 in her Oct. 17 claim, which alleges bullying.

The city has 45 days to respond to the claims. City Attorney Jan Goldsmith said his office was reviewing each one.


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