Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigns amid new allegations of child sexual abuse

Five men have now accused Mayor Ed Murray of sexual abuse

Five men have now accused Mayor Ed Murray of sexual abuse

The most recent abuse allegations against Murray came from a man claiming to be Murray's cousin.

"While the claims against me are not valid, it is critical that my own issues don't influence the capacity of our City government to direct general society's business", the leader said in an announcement.

All five accusers say that they were teenagers when the alleged abuse occurred. The mayor had already said that he wouldn't seek a second term.

"I felt it was wrong and I felt dirty", he said, claiming that Murray "told me it would be OK and it would be our secret and not to tell anybody". She says at the time, 40 years ago, she didn't realize she could press charges. This was a child.

Beauregard, who also represents Dyer, said Murray's cousin is not filing suit but has offered to be a witness in the case when it is re-filed. "I guess they see me down and out, and they want to finish me off".

Greg Nickels was Seattle's 51st mayor, between 2002 and 2010.

In the election, Seattle voters are choosing between former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan and planner Cary Moon, and the victor will take over the mayor's office after the election results are certified November 28.

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The mayoral election is on November 7. "Unlike normal circumstances when you have a couple months to be able to prepare for your new administration". At the time, the man claimed that he was a drug-addicted homeless youth. Allegations from his past were getting in the way of Seattle's present and its future.

Murray said he would be resigning at 5pm on Wednesday. As mayor, he pushed into law one of the nation's first big-city, $15-an-hour minimum-wage laws. "That's the overwhelming emotion". "My life as I know it will be over at 62". "I am going to get my attorney and make sure he's going to file that lawsuit, now that he's not the mayor anymore".

"I think the focus has to be on moving forward".

Another accuser, Lloyd Anderson, issued a statement Tuesday through his lawyer: "I feel victory, but saddened that it required another victim to come forward for him to resign".

Washington D.C. [USA], Sept 13: Mayor of the U.S. city of Seattle Ed Murray has chose to step down from office after fresh child sex-abuse allegation surfaced against him.

Danni Askini, with Seattle's Gender Justice League, echoed Moon's statements that sexual abuse victims should be believed.

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