Seattle mayor steps down following FIFTH child sex abuse allegation

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray

Beauregard, who also represents Dyer, said Murray's cousin is not filing suit but has offered to be a witness in the case when it is re-filed.

In a statement released Tuesday, Murray adamantly denied the allegations, but said his resignation would be "best for the city".

Murray's resignation will be effective 5 p.m. PST Wednesday.

During his time in office, Murray promoted a number of progressive causes, including defending Seattle's sanctuary city status, launching a campaign to push the city's minimum wage to $15 an hour, fighting for same-sex marriage, and vociferously opposing President Donald Trump's immigration policies.

"I Wonder How Many Other Victims Are Out There".

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

The fact that all of the previous accusers (until today) had a history of drug use may be one reason the allegations haven't already led to Murray's resignation.

A third accuser, Lloyd Anderson, who met Murray in the same Portland group home as Simpson, issued a statement through his lawyer. And though the earlier allegations derailed his re-election bid, which he ended in May, he had committed to finishing his current term before Tuesday.

"There would be times when I would fake sleeping because I didn't want him touching me", Dyer, told the Times. One of the men, Jeff Simpson, says Murray abused him while he lived at Murray's home as his foster son.

Dyer's allegations effectively ended his nearly two-decade-long career in the state legislation, in which Murray prides himself of having introduced a landmark gay civil rights bill, same-sex marriage legislation and a $15 minimum hourly wage.

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"A mayor's job is to act with integrity and to ensure that every Seattleite feels respected and safe", Ms. Moon added.

"I'm sad", he said.

"I think the focus has to be on moving forward".

The Seattle Times reported (http://bit.ly/2xXR8Am ) Tuesday that the man is Murray's first cousin once removed, Joseph Dyer.

The spokesperson also rejected the lawsuit's allegations as "categorically false", saying: "Mayor Murray has never engaged in an inappropriate relationship with any minor...." The openly gay Democrat had previously been in the Washington Legislature.

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In recent months, he has faced growing pressure to resign as more people came forward to accuse him of sexual assault.

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