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Bob Filner Won't Resign, Will Go To Rehab For 2 Weeks

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San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D) said he won't resign because of sexual harassment allegations made against him, but he does plan to attend a rehab center for 2 weeks.

Filner announced his plans in a press conference on Friday, apologizing for his actions.

"Beginning on August 5, I will be entering a behavior counseling clinic to undergo 2 weeks of intensive therapy," Filner said.

"The behavior I have engaged in over many years is wrong," Filner said during the press conference. "I apologize to my staff, I apologize to the citizens and staff members who have supported me over the years, I apologize to the people of San Diego, and most of all, I apologize to the women I have offended."

Several women have made sexual harassment allegations against Filner in recent weeks. The city's former chief operating officer Veronica “Ronne” Froman claimed Filner once blocked a doorway, ran a finger up her cheek and asked if she had a man in her life, and the mayor's former press secretary Irene McCormack Jackson said Filner once asked her to "get naked" and kiss him.

The San Diego County Sheriff's Department set up a hotline for those who have information about alleged sexual harassment by Filner.

Both the Democratic Party of San Diego and Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) have called on Filner to resign. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has said Filner needs to "get a clue."

On Thursday, Filner was removed as the keynote speaker at an event on military sexual assault.

This story is developing and has been updated.

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