Seattle mayor resigns in wake of new sexual abuse allegations

Seattle mayor resigns in wake of new sexual abuse allegations

Delvonn Heckard, a 46-year-old gay man, said in his lawsuit filed in April that Murray sexually abused him as a teenager.

But in his resignation statement, he said: "To the people of this special city and to my dedicated staff, I am sorry for this painful situation".

Ms. Moon, in a statement, thanked Mr. Murray for "finally stepping up and doing the right thing".

The newest allegation was reported by the Seattle Times on Tuesday.

Ed Murray will tender his resignation on Wednesday after no less than five different men have accused him of sexual abuse.

The resignation will mean that Seattle's next mayor-engineer Cary Moon or former US Attorney Jenny Durkan-will assume office when election results are certified in November, rather than in January as usual. The former nun from Bellevue says she wishes Murray had quit sooner.

Lloyd Anderson, another accuser, said in a Tuesday statement he feels "victory" but is 'saddened that it required another victim to come forward for him to resign, ' the newspaper reports. "I still want to face him", Heckard said.

His fall could continue to resonate in the mayor's race even after his departure.

Durkan, a former USA attorney, said her campaign shouldn't be tainted by Murray's endorsement of her candidacy and the allegations against him, adding that she has a squeaky clean background and vowing that there would be no scandals if she is elected mayor. He is the fifth person to publicly accuse Murray of child sex abuse.

The city had been scheduled to announce a Memorandum of Understanding with OVG on Tuesday morning, only for the press conference to be abruptly canceled after the Times article was published. He said Council President Bruce Harrell would take over as mayor and will decide within 5 days whether he will serve out the remainder of his term, which expires on January 1. It was time: Allegations from Murray's past were getting in the way of Seattle's present and future.

"I felt it was wrong and I felt dirty", he said, claiming that Murray "told me it would be OK and it would be our secret and not to tell anybody".

Before his resignation today, Councilmember Kshama Sawant was one of two councilmembers, along with Lorena González, to call for Murray's resignation. He attributed the latest claims to bad blood between two estranged wings of the family. The openly gay Democrat had previously been in the Washington Legislature.

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