Woman says Bob Filner asked if she "could give him a private song"

A tenth woman has come forward and accused the San Diego mayor of sexual harassment


Jillian Rayfield
August 5, 2013 5:45PM (UTC)

A tenth woman has accused San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of sexual harassment, alleging that he asked if she "could give him a private song" at a church fundraiser.

Renee Estill-Sombright, who works part-time as a professional singer, told The San Diego Union-Tribune that after she sang the national anthem at a local church in June, she appooached Filner, who she had met once before, and he proceeded to repeatedly ask her out.

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"Oh you're so beautiful, you're so beautiful," said Filner, by Estill-Sombright's account. "I want to take you out. This is a private invite, not a social invite."

The gospel and R&B singer said the mayor went another step further.

“Because he missed me singing the national anthem, he said maybe I could give him a private song," she said.

Nine other women have made sexual harassment allegations against Filner, who checked into a two-week therapy program this week. Among the women is Filner's former communications director Irene McCormack Jackson, who filed a lawsuit against him.

Filner, who is also being sued by the San Diego City Council, is now facing a recall election as well.


Jillian Rayfield

Jillian Rayfield is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on politics. Follow her on Twitter at @jillrayfield or email her at jrayfield@salon.com.

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