UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — The leader of the largest city in the Pacific Northwest is resigning amid new allegations of sexual abuse.
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray made the announcement just hours after The Seattle Times published an article in which his own cousin alleged Murray sexually abused him decades ago.
In his Sept. 12 statement, Murray said, “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’s cousin is the fifth man to accuse Murray of sexual abuse prior to his time in public office.
The 62-year-old has brushed the allegations aside for months, continually rejecting calls for his resignation — until now.
Seattle’s City Council president Bruce Harrell will temporarily take over as mayor. He’ll then have five days to decide whether he wants to fill out the remainder of Murray’s term, which runs through the end of the year.