TODAY   |  August 24, 2013

Bob Filner resigns as San Diego mayor, apologizes

San Diego Mayor Bob Filner agreed to resign on Friday after weeks of sexual harassment claims, apologizing to those he had offended, though he continued to deny the allegations against him. “It certainly was never my intention to be a mayor who went out like this,” he said. TODAY’s Joe Fryer reports.

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>>> the controversy around san diego mayor filner , he agreed to resign as part of a settlement. this is after weeks of sexual harassment claims. he is not going quietly. joe friar is live in san diego this morning. good morning.

>> reporter: good morning, erica. bob filner will remain in office until friday. at that time, the council president will take over operations until a special election is held within 90 days . filner showed a defiant streak after the council accepted his resignation. he broke his silence apologizing to those he offended and denied all sexual harassment allegations. in the end, he would have vindicated, but he was not given due process.

>> the part i have played, and i take responsibility for putting the city through a bad time, again, i apologize to all of you, certainly, it was not my intention to be a mayor who went out like this.

>> reporter: this agreement between filner and the city does not include a settlement of the one lawsuit filed against him so far. in exchange for the resignation, the city agrees to help him with his defense and some of his legal costs in the case. filner is facing other investigations right now, including one we learned about from the california attorney general . those investigations will continue despite his resignation. erica?

>> joe, thank you.