Relative of ex-Seattle mayor is 5th to accuse him of abuse

14 September, 2017, 00:37 | Author: Pamela Mathis
  • Maurice Lavon Jones claims Murray paid him for sex on at least two occasions as a teenager

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray resigned on Tuesday only hours after a fifth allegation surfaced that he sexually abused a younger cousin decades ago in NY.

With regard to waiting until Tuesday to call for a resignation, Durkan said, "I believe in due process and I believe that people should have their say, and I think the people who've come forward, I've said before, I feel for them".

Murray also hit out at the lawyer behind the case, branding him a "publicity hungry lawyer with special connections with certain members of the press". "I don't know what else anybody needs to show that... the mayor you elected is a child molester". Durkan had not been among them until Dyer's accusations were publicized today.

Embattled Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced his resignation on Tuesday. "Unfortunately, the majority of the City Council failed to show any such leadership". Moon had already called on Murray to resign.

"Each excuse gets more and more shallow and desperate", Moon said. "I look forward to engaging in meaningful discussions with voters and my fellow candidates about the best ways to solve Seattle's crises so that we do not become a city of haves and have nots". Murray has been accused of sexual abuse by five different people. "We hope it helps the others in some way".

CNN reports that Murray, 60, stepped down after his cousin accused him of sexual abuse in an interview with a local newspaper.




Earlier, Murray had dropped his reelection bid in May amid four allegations of sexual abuse by four men who said that the mayor had sexually abused them years earlier, when they were teenagers.

Murray was quoted in the original story as saying he still meant to serve out the remainder of his term. He chose to do so, and I think that was the right decision.

He apologized to his staff and to the city and said it had become clear that his resignation was best for the city.

A former state legislator instrumental in pushing for passage of gay rights laws, Murray said his accusers' claims "paint me in the worst possible historical portraits of a gay man...."

The mayor dismissed the claims, saying that there has been a rift in the family for years. Another alleged victim, a 49-year-old resident of Portland, in the neighboring state of OR, went on television to accuse the progressive and openly homosexual Democratic politician of sexual assault.

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