Former congressman and recently minted San Diego Mayor Bob Filner (D) admitted in a video late Thursday that he is seeking professional help for his treatment of women.
Former Filner supporters said earlier Thursday that Filner had harassed women in the workplace and called on him to resign.
Filner acknowledged his problems and apologized.
"I have diminished the office to which you elected me," Filner said in the video. "I have reached into my heart and soul and realized I must and will change my behavior. As someone who has spent a lifetime fighting for equality for all people, I am embarrassed to admit that I have failed to fully respect the women who work for me and with me, and that at times I have intimidated them."
Former City Councilwoman Donna Frye and two attorneys, all former Filner supporters, held a press conference Thursday at which they called on Filner to resign over his alleged harassment of women, though they declined to detail specifics.
Filner didn't resign, but instead asked for another chance.
"I am also humbled to admit that I need help," Filner said, saying he has begun to undergo professional treatment and he and his staff will undergo sexual harassment training. "If my behavior doesn't change, I cannot succeed in leading our city."
Filner said he has reached out to those he has offended to personally apologize.