Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Tuesday that he will renounce after his younger cousin became a fifth male to explain a mayor intimately abused him as a teenager.
Murray, a Democrat and a city’s initial plainly happy mayor, had designed to offer out his stream term, that ends Dec. 31, though announced his abdication after his cousin, Joseph Dyer, told a Seattle Times that Murray “forced him into sex for about a year” when he was 13.
“And that’s when he would hurt me. And my mom would be right there in a house, she’d be in a vital room … examination TV, during that time it was substantially ‘M*A*S*H,'” Dyer, now 54, told a Times. “And my sisters would be in their rooms, sleeping. And we would be in my room, and he would be in there, molesting me.”
Murray denied and rebuked his cousin’s claims, contending Dyer was perplexing to allegation him over a family rift.
“There’s been countless fights between a dual families for many years, and most ugliness. we theory they see me down and out, and they wish to finish me off,” a mayor told a Times.
Still, Murray pronounced in a matter Tuesday afternoon that he chose to step down since “it is critical that my personal issues do not impact a ability of a City supervision to control a public’s business.”
In April, a lawsuit indicted a 62-year-old Democrat of carrying intimately abused a uneasy and drug-addicted 15-year-old child in a 1980s. In a complaint, a man, now 46, pronounced Murray had sex with him in sell for tiny amounts of income and, that on during slightest one occasion, a teen saw another apparently underage child during Murray’s apartment.
Since that fit was filed, three other men have done identical accusations. Jeff Simpson pronounced Murray abused him as a teen while he was his encourage son. Another male pronounced Murray paid him for sex when he was a drug-addicted, homeless teen.
Murray has regularly and emphatically denied that he intimately abused anyone, observant behind in May that “the allegations opposite me paint me in a misfortune probable ancestral mural of a happy man.”
“It hurts those who have been victims of abuse. It hurts my family. It hurts [my husband] Michael,” he pronounced after determining several months ago to not find reelection.
Murray, a Seattle native, has been in open bureau for some-more than dual decades, portion in a Washington state legislature before apropos mayor. On Tuesday, he pronounced he would strictly step down during 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 13, and touted his accomplishments in open office, including large travel packages, a happy polite rights bill, and a matrimony equivalence check he helped pass while in a legislature.
“I am unapproachable of what we have achieved together during a City during my time as mayor, flitting a nation-leading $15 smallest wage, and vital on-going housing affordability and military burden legislation, as good as negotiating an agreement to build a world-class locus that we trust in time will move a NHL and NBA to Seattle,” Murray said.
“But it has also turn transparent to me that in light of a latest news reports it is best for a city if we step aside,” he added. “To a people of this special city and to my dedicated staff, we am contemptible for this unpleasant situation.”
City Council President Bruce Harrell will turn halt mayor and contingency confirm by subsequent week if he wants to stay in a position for a residue of Murray’s term.