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Nurse, Marine File Civil Suit against Filner



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    Former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is facing a third civil lawsuit from the sexual harassment scandal that led to his resignation.

    On Friday, a lawsuit on behalf of Michelle Tyler and Katherine Ragazzino was filed in Superior Court. The women are suing both Filner and the city of San Diego.

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    In August, Tyler and Ragazzino went public with their accusations against the former Congressman at a news conference with Attorney Gloria Allred.

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    “I don’t appreciate being used as a bargaining chip to fulfill [Filner's]sexual desires,” said U.S. Marine Katherine Ragazzino while wiping away tears.
    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013)

    Ragazzino, a Marine Corps veteran, suffered a traumatic brain injury and PTSD while serving in Iraq. When she encountered issues with the VA, vocational nurse Tyler went with her to ask then-mayor Filner for help.

    In the mayor’s office, Filner allegedly asked Ragazzino to leave the meeting and then began giving compliments to Tyler. Tyler claimed that Filner implied he would only help solve Ragazzino’s problem with the VA if Tyler agreed to go on a date with him.

    At that time, Allred said Tyler and Ragazzino were not filing a lawsuit.

    Filner’s former communications director Irene McCormack Jackson and Park and Recreation Department manager Stacy McKenzie have also filed civil suits against Filner.

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    Filner stepped down on Aug. 30, 2013, after dozens of women came forward with claims of sexual harassment.

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    Vocational nurse Michelle Tyler spoke Tuesday about a meeting with Filner in which the mayor implied that he would help solve Ragazzino’s issue with the VA only if Tyler agreed to attend a public event with him or have dinner with him.
    (Published Tuesday, Aug. 6, 2013)

    In October, Filner pleaded guilty to three charges in a criminal case. He started his three-month house arrest sentence on Jan. 1.

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