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The Latest on the resignation of Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

The Latest on the resignation of Seattle Mayor Ed Murrayā€¯

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has been accused of abusing minors sexually once again.

Joseph Dyer, a 54-year-old dialysis technician, said Murray forced him into sex for about a year while the two shared a bedroom in the NY home of Dyer's mother when the alleged victim was 13, according to The Seattle Times.

News of the sexual-abuse accusation upstaged an announcement scheduled for Tuesday in which Murray was going to share details of a memorandum of understanding between the city and Oak View Group regarding the redevelopment of KeyArena. He also stated he planned to finish out the remainder of his term until the November election.

His resignation is effective at 5 pm local time, today, 13 September.

"To the people of this special city and to my dedicated staff, I am sorry for this painful situation", Murray said. He "became the fifth man to publicly accuse the mayor of sexual abuse, saying Murray repeatedly molested him as a teenager in the 1970s".

Murray has denied Dyer's allegations, claiming that it stems from hatred between the two sides of the family.

Before being elected mayor in 2013 Murray was a long-time Democrat state lawmaker who led the campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state.

"There would be times when I would fake sleeping because I didn't want him touching me", Dyer recalled during the interview. 'There's been numerous fights between our two families for many years, and much ugliness, ' he defended.

In his resignation statement, he said he was proud of what he accomplished as mayor.

Some of Murray's achievements include passing gay civil-rights laws and introducing the $15 minimum wage into the city.

In the interim, Council President Bruce Harrell will take on the role of mayor.



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