Hours after the Seattle Times published allegations made by the younger cousin of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray in which the man accused Murray of sexually abusing him as a child, Murray announced that he was resigning as mayor, effective Wednesday afternoon.
54-year-old Joseph Dyer claims that Murray forced him to have sex when he was only 13, back when the two shared a bedroom in Dyer’s home in the mid-1970s. Dyer is now the fifth man to publicly accuse Murray of sexually abusing him as a child since April.
Murray has been the mayor of Seattle since 2013. He previously served in the Washington state legislature. City Councilmember Bruce Harrell will take over as mayor this afternoon and will have five days to decide whether to serve out Murray’s remaining term.
Per the Seattle Times, one of the other accusers of Murray, Lloyd Anderson, released a statement following Murray’s resignation:
“I feel victory, but saddened that it required another victim to come forward for him to resign. I wonder how many other victims are out there.”
The Times also noted that Murray was in his office earlier today but did not address his staff before his resignation was announced.
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