8th Woman Accuses Filner of Unwanted Sexual Advances

Lisa Curtin, director of government and military education at San Diego City College, said: “I got a very wet, saliva-filled kiss including feeling his tongue on my cheek.”

Lisa Curtin, director of government and military education at San Diego City College. Credit: Katie Euphrat
Lisa Curtin, director of government and military education at San Diego City College. Credit: Katie Euphrat
By Amita Sharma, KPBS

SAN DIEGO, CA -- A San Diego woman told KPBS News in an exclusive interview that Mayor Bob Filner tried to kiss her after a business meeting in 2011 when he was a congressman.

Lisa Curtin, who is director of government and military education at San Diego City College, is the eighth woman to accuse Filner of unwanted sexual advances.

She said that in 2011, former Congressman Jim Bates set up a meeting between her and then- Congressman Filner to discuss potential uses for property near the old Naval Training Center. 

Curtin said that after the meeting, Filner asked to meet with her in private. She said once alone, Filner grabbed her left hand, twirled her wedding band and asked if it was real. Curtin said she responded with, “It’s about 25 years worth of wedding band.”

“He then asked me if it could come off while I was in D.C. and if I would go out with him,” Curtin said. “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. 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 on my cheek.”

Curtin said she quickly left Filner’s office to meet her staff outside and told them what happened. She said she told them she’d never meet with him alone again.

Curtin said at the time, neither she nor her staffers reported the incident to authorities because of shock and fear.

“Filner made it very clear how powerful he thought he was,” Curtin said. “He discussed that in the meeting; The kind of authority he had, that he had been pulling strings all over San Diego for many years.”

But Curtin said she reported the incident to the San Diego County Sheriff's Departmenthotline established to take calls from victims of Filner's alleged misconduct.

Filner’s office did not respond to a request for comment.

Curtin’s story comes one week after seven women accused Filner of unwanted touching, kissing and derogatory comments.

The women are: Filner’s former communications director Irene McCormack Jackson; political consultant Laura Fink; San Diego Unified School District psychologist Morgan Rose; retired Rear Admiral Ronne Froman; businesswoman Patti Roscoe; San Diego State University Dean Joyce Gattas; and Sharon Bernie-Cloward, president of the San Diego Port Tenants Association.

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Status Quo July 30, 2013 at 11:05 PM
Very compelling Ms. Curtin, and thanks for preserving your outlook toward respectful men. Your call to other women/men abused in Washington DC as US Rep may be helpful to allow the onion peels to be revealed during his 'service' while in Congress.
Another Commenter July 31, 2013 at 02:50 PM
I wish the Democratic Party would elect leaders that the United States of America could be proud of.
RJL July 31, 2013 at 02:51 PM
Bud Short July 31, 2013 at 03:01 PM
Seems every time there is a sex scandal about a politician with some woman, it's usually a Democrat. Sex scandals don't seem to happen as often with Republicans, but the republican scandal I remember was with another man.
Kai July 31, 2013 at 03:21 PM
How does any political affiliation fit in with Mr. Filth? He is just a nasty, stupid old man who has gotten away with way too much for way too long and needs to be gone---he and his arrogance.
WCM July 31, 2013 at 03:34 PM
O Bud, your memory is so short. Sex scandals are about the only bipartisanship left in politics! Do the names Mark Foley, Larry Craig, Mark Sanford, David Vitter ring a bell? I proudly claim the Democratic Party as my own, but when individuals who have no respect for women, much less themselves, like Filner and Weiner, use their position in an abusive and offensive way, I say it's time to go -- regardless of party affiliation.
MiMi July 31, 2013 at 03:43 PM
I guess he thinks he is a real *lady's man*.....
Elmo Smiley July 31, 2013 at 04:00 PM
It's ok, Wiener says 8 to 10 or more are acceptable, but not "dozens". (Sarcasm intended.)
katrina July 31, 2013 at 04:20 PM
This guy is a sleeze through and through. I was surprised to hear he is a Democrat because these scandals are usually the hallmark of rightists.
Ray Vos July 31, 2013 at 05:09 PM
C'mon, San Diego! Is this the best you can do for leadership? You're better than this! Find a way to get this walking trouser worm out of office before he further trashes your fine city.
Wolfe July 31, 2013 at 05:25 PM
I would hazard a guess that his Viagra prescription is working.
Kai July 31, 2013 at 05:31 PM
Democrate or Republican; he is morally and mentally ill...a bonafide PIG. His platform will be "I apologize and those women didn't realize that I meant no harm---I LOVE all of themall!" Ladies, there is STRENGTH in numbers. Let us get focused and remain focused on eradicating these disgusting, maleovent behaviors.
Charles Ostman July 31, 2013 at 07:08 PM
What a complete scumbag . . . stupid and arrogant beyond belief. As a man, I am nauseated and embarrassed beyond words. Not only should this clown be impeached from office immediately, he should be facing serious assault and other criminal charges. This is an example of who we have in political office these days? Really??? Get this scumbag out of office, and brought up on felony assault charges - today!!!
Elmo Smiley August 01, 2013 at 08:15 AM
Katrina, In your hallmark of rightists, please also include former 'Democratic' Senator John Edwards.


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