Embattled San Diego Mayor To Keynote Sexual Assault Victim Benefit

AP

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner is scheduled to deliver the keynote address at a benefit for sexual assault victims in which he is expected to address his ongoing sexual harassment scandal, KGTV reported Wednesday.

The National Military Women Veterans Association of America confirmed to KGTV that the embattled mayor is scheduled to appear at its event. The group had planned to present Filner with a lifetime achievement award at the benefit on August 30-31, but stripped him of the honor — though not the speaking role — once news of the scandal broke.

“We do not tolerate sexual discrimination at any level within our society,” the women’s veterans group said, as quoted by KGTV. “He is now the keynote speaker on these injustices.”

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

This post has been updated.

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