By: Agence France-Presse
The mayor of the US Pacific Northwest metropolis of Seattle give up Tuesday after after his youthful cousin turned the fifth man to accuse the politician of [email protected] abuse.
Ed Murray, 62, who had already confirmed he wouldn’t be searching for a second time period, will step down efficient of 5:00 pm Wednesday (0000 GMT Thursday).
“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,” he mentioned in a press release.
Joseph Dyer, a 54-year-old dialysis technician, mentioned Murray pressured him into [email protected] for a few yr whereas the 2 shared a bed room within the New York residence of Dyer’s mom when the alleged sufferer was 13, based on The Seattle Times.
“There would be times when I would fake sleeping because I didn’t want him touching me,” Dyer, now a married father, was quoted as saying.
“And that’s when he would molest me. And my mother would be right there in the house, she’d be in the living room… watching TV.”
The molestation stopped, Dyer mentioned, when a boy in a Catholic group residence the place Murray labored accused him of abuse.
Dyer advised the newspaper he wished the mayor punished, though Murray attributed the accusation to a rift within the household.
The mayor mentioned it had nonetheless grow to be clear that it was “best for the city” that he resign.
“To the people of this special city and to my dedicated staff, I am sorry for this painful situation,” he added.
Four males had beforehand accused Murray, who denies any wrongdoing, of [email protected] abusing them.
A lawsuit was filed in King County Superior Court in April on behalf of one of many accusers, now 46, who mentioned the mayor paid him for [email protected] when the alleged sufferer was a drug-addicted, homeless 15-year-old.
Another alleged sufferer, a 49-year-old resident of Portland, within the neighboring state of Oregon, went on tv to accuse the progressive and brazenly [email protected] Democratic politician of [email protected] assault.(AFP)