Transcript for San Diego Mayor to Seek Therapy Amid Harassment Scandal
Let me be absolutely clear. The behavior I have engaged in over many years. -- wrong. My failure to respect women. In the intimidating contact engage in -- times. Is inexcusable. It is undermine what I have spent my whole professional life working. Fighting for equality and justice for all people. And is simply not acceptable for me to try to explain away my conduct as the product of the standards of a different generation. I apologize. To my staff. I apologize to the citizens and staff members who have supported me over many years. I apologize to the people of San Diego. And most of all. -- apologize to the women that I have offended. Over the last week or so I have reached out of the men and women who have served on my staff and others who -- have worked with over the years. And apologize. For my behavior. In addition we have instituted. Changes in how the mayor's office -- -- However words alone are not enough. I am responsible for my conduct. And I must take responsibility for my conduct. -- taking action so that such conduct. Does not ever happen again. So I'm beginning on on August 5. -- will be entering a behavior counseling clinic. To undergo two weeks of intensive therapy to begin the process of addressing my behavior. During this time period -- at the clinic full time. Though every morning and evening -- will be briefed on city activities. This intensive counseling would just be the first step. In what will be a continuing -- That will were involved ongoing regular counseling. I must become a better person. And my hope is that becoming a better person. I put myself in a position to someday be forgiven. However -- before I even asked. Before even think of asking for forgiveness. I need to demonstrate that my behavior has changed. And that will only happen over time and only if such incidents never ever happen again. So when I return on August 19. My focus. Will be on making sure that I'm doing right by this city. In terms of being the best mayor I can be. And the best person I must be. Thank --
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