Transcript for San Diego Mayor Embroiled in Sexual Harassment Scandal
We want to get straight. -- that combustible mix of politics and sex overtaking City Hall in San Diego right now the mayor there -- accused of serial sexual harassment. Overnight a major defection his chief of staff resigned but the mayor is still pleading to the public to keep his job. ABC's Lindsay Janice is an -- LA bureau -- of the story good morning Lindsey. Good morning Dan and -- mayor Bob Feller is already apologizing. For his behavior towards women but he neck admitted to sexual harassment now he says his -- We'll be -- I embarrassed to admit that I have failed to fully respect the women who work for me. And with me in this taped message San Diego mayor Bob -- -- says he's sorry for the way he's treated women. I am also -- to admit that I need help. I have begun to work with professionals to make changes in my behavior and approach but. Fast forward 24 hours and he's clarifying that apology issuing this statement. I am confident that a fair and independent investigation will support my innocence with respect to any charges of sexual harassment. The scandal erupted Thursday when former San Diego councilwoman Donna Frye said she was compelled to speak on behalf of those too afraid. -- believe what they have -- green. And they need to know that they are not alone. Flanked by lawyers -- refused to reveal the identities or even in a number of women -- when a friend Mike Donna Frye is compelled to call from my resignation. I'm clearly doing something wrong even the mayor's supporters are now backing calls for him to resign. There's a time and a place when somebody is no longer fit to be -- -- And I think given the stories I heard today than -- owner has reached that point. With his admission yesterday of mistreatment of women on his staff I believe he can no longer lead our city. And overnight film his own chief of staff quitting over Twitter saying as a lifelong activist for women's rights and equality I feel I must resign effective today. Many are already betting that the mayor's political career is over. The thing that leads me to believe he's on the end of this. If his own party is starting to call formed to resign. Also this week the mayor's 48 year old fiance broke off their engagement. So the mayor has already canceled two engagements one in the city's pride parade this weekend. Donna Frye in the lawyers who were first to call for his resignation say they're gonna consult with the women who complained and give a response to the mayor next week down two -- Diego -- -- -- one quick correction here yesterday we incorrectly showed a picture of the former San Diego mayor we should've showed a photo of the current mayor about summer and we apologize for that.
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