San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore called ex-Mayor Bob Filner 'a black eye' for the city in discussing Filner's sexual harassment case. Filner pleaded guilty Tuesday to felony and misdemeanor charges. (Oct. 15)

The lawsuit, on behalf of Irene McCormack Jackson, is still pending. It is the only suit filed against Filner.

"His conduct as the mayor of San Diego was reprehensible, and justice demands that he be punished for the harm he has caused to countless women who trusted and believed in him," Allred said by email.

Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), a Filner supporter during her years as a labor leader, said, "I hope people will stop with the craziness now. He admitted it. Move on, stop with bizarre conspiracy rumors and stop blaming women."

Filner, San Diego's first Democratic mayor in 20 years, resigned Aug. 30 after cutting a deal with the City Council for the city to defend him against the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by an ex-staffer.

The council also agreed to pay up to $98,000 to Filner's private attorneys for their work early in the civil suit brought by Allred. All nine council members had called for his resignation.

In six weeks, 19 women went public with allegations that Filner had made sexual advances, including lewd comments and unwanted touching. Many of the women had approached Filner when he was mayor or a member of Congress to ask for his help on public issues.

Filner tried without success to defuse calls for his resignation by admitting he had been abusive toward women, promising to undergo behavioral therapy and talking of his plans to be "the best mayor I can." Nothing worked.

The Sheriff's Department established a hotline to field accusations against Filner; it received more than 200 calls and about 90 interviews were conducted, according to San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore. A recall movement was initiated.

The attorney general's office began a criminal investigation in August after Dumanis said she had a conflict of interest because she had run against Filner for mayor and was eliminated in the primary.

In a city where the electorate prefers low-key politicians keen to compromise and showing deference to power brokers, Filner was long an anomaly: outspoken, unabashedly liberal, ready for political conflict. His confrontational political style, he often said, had its roots in the civil rights movement.

After growing up in Pittsburgh and New York, Filner went to the segregated South in the 1960s as a Freedom Rider to help African Americans register to vote. He was arrested in Mississippi and spent two months in jail. After receiving a doctorate at Cornell, he joined the history faculty at San Diego State.

Elected to the school board, he became its president, followed by an election to the City Council, and then 10 terms in Congress, where he championed the needs of military veterans and other groups heavily represented in his blue-collar district.

Returning to City Hall as mayor after an absence of 20 years, he was the second mayor to have the "strong mayor" powers approved by voters in a change of the City Charter.

He wielded those powers fiercely, feuding with the city attorney and showing disdain for City Council members and leaders of the city's politically powerful business community.

The conservative editorial page of the U-T San Diego newspaper blasted him early and often, long before the sexual allegations burst into public view.

In his Aug. 23 resignation speech, Filner admitted his conduct had led to his downfall but also said he had been victimized by "the hysteria of the lynch mob" whipped up by his political enemies and the media.

Filner resigned as part of a deal with the City Council hammered out during three days of negotiations between the city attorney, two council members, Filner and Filner's civil attorney.

Before the negotiations, City Atty. Jan Goldsmith had warned that he would seek a restraining order barring Filner from City Hall, citing him as a threat to women. He was prepared to present to the court an analysis of Filner by a psychologist.

On Tuesday, Goldsmith said Filner's admission of guilt "underscores the importance of Mr. Filner's removal from office and will further help our city and the victims put this behind us."