Filner Guilty of 3 Criminal Charges in Sex Scandal

Mayor Will Not Speak at Benefit for Sex Assault Victims

By Megan Tevrizian and Sarah Grieco
|  Wednesday, Jul 24, 2013  |  Updated 12:50 PM PDT
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Mayor Will Not Speak at Benefit

Mayor Bob Filner will no longer be a keynote speaker at a benefit for sex assault victims, announced the National Women Veterans Association of America announced at a press conference Wednesday.

Filner was slated to appear at the Aug. 30 gala and was also chosen to receive a “Lifetime of Achievement” award by the group. However, since he was chosen Filner has been accused of sexually harassing multiple women and the group has rescinded their offer and award.

The gala serves as a benefit for homeless veteran women of the military sexual assaulted community and has been planned since January.

Now president of the organization Tara Jones will be the keynote speaker at the event. She said at a press conference on Wednesday that Filner’s alleged behavior will not be tolerated.

“The mayor speaking at our event interferes with the moral compass of my organization,” said Jones.

Special Section: Mayor Under Fire

This is the fourth news conference this week, about mayor Filner's sexual harassment allegations.

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