Seattle Mayor Ed Murray announced Tuesday he will resign from office hours after the publication of a Seattle Times report in which Murray's cousin accused the mayor of underage sexual abuse in the 1970s when he was just 13 years old. He said the abuse began when Simpson was a boy living in a center for troubled youth in Portland, where Murray volunteered.
It was Murray's cousin, Joseph Dyer, whose accusations that the mayor sexually abused him while they were sharing a room in NY in the 1970s, that resulted in Murray's decision to resign.
On Tuesday, Simpson said, "If nothing else happens, and nothing else comes of it, for me, I will be OK".
As he has in the past, Murray denied Dyer's allegations. He told Seattle Times, Murray "forced him into sex for about a year".
Now 54, the Air Force veteran says he was 13 when the abuse started.
Amusing how the very minor story of a top Dem mayor resigning in disgrace after five sex abuse allegations doesn't get as much play as a rogue "like" by whoever was running Ted Cruz's account. For months he had resisted calls for him to step down.
In a statement, Harrell said his "heart goes out" to survivors of sexual abuse due to "the re-traumatization these allegations have caused..."
"I guess they see me down and out, and they want to finish me off", Murray said. "Do something, say something to your victims that will help them move on". "It's not a happy thing".
Danni Askini, with Seattle's Gender Justice League, echoed Moon's statements that sexual abuse victims should be believed. Three additional men came forward to make similar allegations.
Askini encouraged young victims of abuse to come forward and tell adults in their lives about it until somebody believes them and takes action. "I have had enough, '" he said.
Connie Burk with the Northwest Network of Bisexual, Trans, Lesbian and Gay Survivors of Abuse echoed that.
"During that time, Murray regularly molested me in ways that can be best described as repeated and prolonged Child Molestation of the First Degree, or worse", Dyer said in the declaration.
Murray is gay and has been married to his partner since 2013.
Until this Tuesday, Murray resisted numerous calls to step down, including one from the Seattle LGBTQ Commission. All four men have "histories of drug use and serious criminal records", the SeattleTimes reported, and Murray has denied their claims.
"I previously urged the mayor to reflect deeply about whether he could continue to lead and what was in the best interests of the city", Ms. Durkan said in a statement.