Filner's lawyer sent a letter to the city saying it should pay for the mayor's legal defense against the sexual harassment allegations.
Though cities often pay to defend officials being sued in the course of their work, some council members have said Filner's case is different: The acts he's accused of didn't take place as part of his official duties.
The city, however, is a defendant in the suit filed by his former spokeswoman.
On Tuesday, the City Council voted 9-0 to deny Filner's request for taxpayers to pay his legal fees in the sexual harassment lawsuit, saying the city had no role in the mayor's alleged misconduct and has a zero-tolerance policy against such harassment.
Also, in closed session Tuesday, the council unanimously approved the filing of a cross-complaint against the mayor seeking indemnity for damages the city may have to pay if Jackson prevails in her lawsuit. The cross-complaint is equivalent to a new lawsuit, in which the city is suing the mayor, and would also seek recovery of attorney fees and other defense costs, according to City Attorney Jan Goldsmith.
Fink, the former congressional campaign aide to Filner, recalled the secrets Filner's accusers say they kept about him.
"At the time, I didn't go public with it, because I was building a career in politics," Fink said. "I kept silent about my story publicly.
"But you run into other women who indicate that there might have been something. And eventually you end up talking about it," Fink said.