Filner’s Chief Of Staff Says Mayor Started, Completed Therapy A Week Early

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Above: Mayor Bob Filner tells reporters he will enter a behavioral counseling clinic. (Roland Lizarondo/KPBS)

SAN DIEGO – San Diego Mayor Bob Filner’s chief of staff confirmed  that the mayor began his therapy a week early and has already completed the program.

Mayor Bob Filner tells reporters he will enter a behavioral counseling clinic.

On Friday afternoon, Chief of Staff Lee Burdick told reporter Allison Ash that Filner began his two weeks of “intensive” therapy one week earlier due to “intense media coverage.”

In a press conference in late July, Filner said he would begin his two-week therapy session on August 5.

He was originally scheduled to come back to work August 19, but Filner is reportedly coming back to San Diego Friday.

When asked, Burdick did not say when the mayor would return.

Filner has been accused of unwanted advances by 14 women, including two city employees and military veterans who were speaking at an event for females raped while in the armed forces. Some of the women said he tried to kiss and grope them.

He has rebuffed numerous calls for his resignation from political and business leaders, including all nine members of the City Council, the San Diego County Democratic Party Central Committee, former Mayor Jerry Sanders, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., Assembly Speaker John Perez, D-Los Angeles and Senate Majority Leader Darrell Steinberg, D-Sacramento.