Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Tuesday that he would resign effective Wednesday, after the Seattle Times reported that one of his relatives came forward to accuse him of sex abuse in the 1970s.
The cousin, identified by the Seattle Times as Joseph Dyer, is the fifth man who has accused Murray sex abuse in the 1970s and 1980s. Dyer, 54, is the son of Murray’s first cousin.
All five accusers say that they were teenagers when the alleged abuse occurred. Murray denied the allegations in a prepared statement released Tuesday.
“While the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our City government to conduct the public’s business,” Murray said in his statement.
Council President Bruce Harrell will serve as mayor and Murray’s office announced that Harrell will have five days to decide whether to serve the rest of Murray’s term.
Murray, who was elected in 2013, withdrew his bid for re-election earlier this year after The Seattle Times reported on accusations of sex abuse, throwing the mayoral race open. Murray endorsed former U.S. Attorney Jenny Durkan, who made it through the primary with Cary Moon.
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