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Ew. Just ... ew.You know how San Diego Mayor Bob “Dirty Old Man” Filner is, like, the creepiest mayor what ever mayored and sexually harassed three four ALL the women? Well, don’t get your panties in a twist; his lawyer says it’s not his fault!

“The city has a legal obligation to provide sexual harassment training to all management level employees,” wrote attorney Harvey Berger in a letter requesting the city pay Filner’s legal bills in defense of the lawsuit filed by his former communications director. […]

On the issue of potential damages, Berger wrote, “The city may be strictly liable for any sexual harassment by a supervisor, even if it had no reason to know of it. So, of course, the city should have a strong interest in making certain that Mayor Filner has the resources to defend himself.”

Hey, everyone, let’s drop a whole bunch of acid and try to follow that logic!

If we understand this argle bargle correctly, the city should have known that the mayor might put women in a headlock or tell them to work without their panties or grab them in the boob. Like, duh. Don’t all mayors, by default, do that unless the city they are mayoring teaches them how to not do that? If San Diego really cared about having a mayor who didn’t sexually harass women, it would have sat Filner’s dumb ass down and ‘splained to him that when it comes to randomly grabbing chicks and telling them to get naked, he should, you know, not. But it didn’t do that, did it? It practically gave him express permission to go out and grab him some tit! And Filner even wanted to take How To Not Grab Ass 101, but the city prof couldn’t be bothered to show up to class:

Berger said that the mayor, before the allegations against him went public, was scheduled to take the training “but the trainer for the city unilaterally cancelled and never re-scheduled for the mayor (and others). Therefore, if there is any liability at all, the city will almost certainly be liable for ‘failing to prevent harassment'” under state law.

Um … yeah. We know it’s a lawyer’s job to defend his client to the best of his abilities, and hey, if there’s some law on the books that somehow makes it someone else’s fault that the mayor can’t keep his tongue in his mouth and his hands not on ladies’ asses, heck, his lawyer is just doin’ his job pointing that out. But on the other hand, SWEET FUCKING CHRIST ON A CRACKER! This guy was a Freedom Rider and a member of Congress and seriously, it is 2013, and no one should have to tell you that you are not allowed to tell your employees to take their panties off. Come the fuck on, dude. But at least he’s planning to get help.

Filner has refused repeated requests to resign. He has admitted treating women badly for years and said he will enter two weeks of therapy starting Monday, returning to City Hall on Aug. 19.

Yeah, well, those two whole weeks of therapy ought to fix Filner right up and then maybe he and his lawyer can tell us that not only is it the city’s fault that he is a creepster, but he has daddy issues and his mother didn’t breast feed him, so it’s their fault too. Everyone’s fault but Filner’s.

[L.A. Times via TPM]

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