A tenth woman came forward Sunday to accuse San Diego Mayor Bob Filner of making an unwanted advance when he asked her for a “private song.”
Renee Estill-Sombright, a bank employee and professional singer, told TV station KGTV that she had met Filner once before and so decided to re-introduce herself in June at a La Jolla neighborhood church benefit.
“We were standing face-to-face and he held on to me and he was like, ‘You are so beautiful,'” she said. “‘You are so beautiful and I cannot take my eyes off of you.'”
Estill-Sombright told KGTV she was taken aback when Filner grabbed and held onto her hands before asking if she was married. He then said to her “‘Well, you know this is a personal invitation. I would like to take you out sometime.'”
The singer later told U-T San Diego that after she sang the national anthem at the benefit, Filner had asked if she “could give him a private song.”
Filner announced in July that he would begin two weeks of counseling on Monday at an undisclosed clinic. It was unclear Monday morning whether the counseling had started.
Watch an interview with Estill-Sombright below, courtesy of KGTV:
Clarification: This post has been updated to show that Filner’s counseling was scheduled to begin on Monday.
Catherine Thompson is a senior editor for Talking Points Memo in New York City. She came to the site in 2013 and reported on national affairs. Previously, she worked as a research assistant to investigative reporter Wayne Barrett. She can be reached at email@example.com.