The mayor of San Diego, who has been battling sexual harassment allegations by 18 women and a related lawsuit, has finally bowed to calls for him to quit.
Democrat Bob Filner stood aside with an apology to the women concerned, but denied sexually harassing anyone.
His departure follows negotiations with the city council over legal fees for the lawsuit he faces.
City Council President Todd Gloria will now become acting mayor and a special election will be held in 90 days.
“To all the women I offended – I had no intention to be offensive, to violate your physical or emotional space,” he said as he stood aside on Friday.
He blamed a combination of “awkwardness and hubris” for his behavior.