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Eighth woman comes forward to accuse Filner of sexual harassment

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - The eighth alleged victim of sexual harassment by Bob Filner said Tuesday the San Diego mayor twirled her wedding band and kissed her cheek following a meeting two years ago.

Lisa Curtin, an administrator with San Diego City College, told KPBS the encounter took place after the two discussed the use of property near the former Naval Training Center in Point Loma.

According to Curtin, Filner pulled her aside and asked her if the ring was real, and she said it had been for 25 years.

"He then told me if it could come off while I was in D.C., and if I would go out with him," Curtin told the station. "I said, 'I really didn't think so.'

"And at that point, he pulled my hand closer to him and he reached over to kiss me," Curtin said. "I turned my head at that moment, and on the side of my face, I got a very wet, saliva-filled kiss, including feeling his tongue by my cheek."

Curtin said she told her aides about the incident but never contacted authorities because he had made a point about how powerful he was. She has since contacted a hotline set up by the San Diego Sheriff's Department for women who believe they have been harassed by Filner.

One woman, former mayoral Communications Director Irene McCormack Jackson, hired high-profile Los Angeles lawyer Gloria Allred and sued Filner and the city last week.

The other victims have revealed their identities via KPBS interviews and accused the mayor of various unwanted sexual advances.

The mayor has conceded that he has a problem and plans to enter a behavioral therapy center Monday for two weeks. However, he has insisted on due process regarding the allegations, and has rebuffed numerous calls for his resignation.

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