San Diego Mayor Bob Filner released a statement Monday evening, responding to the lawsuit filed against him by former communication director Irene McCormack Jackson.
In the statement, Filner said he is “saddened” by the allegations and asks the public not to jump to conclusions.
Here is the mayor’s full statement:
“I am saddened by the charges that were leveled against me today. Once due process is allowed to unfold, I am certain there will be a better understanding of this situation.
“I remain committed to the people of San Diego and the work that needs to be done. My dreams and plans for moving this City to new heights are continuing. I humbly ask that through this vicious storm of controversy, people take a moment and temper their rush to judgment.
“I do not believe these claims are valid. That is why due process is so important. I intend to defend myself vigorously and I know that justice will prevail.”
Earlier Monday, McCormack Jackson and her attorney Gloria Allred spoke at a news conference. The plaintiff said the mayor made multiple inappropriate and lewd comments toward her.