Kirsters Baish| I can’t say I’m surprised about this breaking headline. It’s truly disgusting just how long Seattle Mayor Ed Murray got away with his sickening actions. He has finally announced his resignation after a fifth man came out to accuse him of sexual abuse. While the mayor has denied all of the accusations regarding him molesting his 13-year-old cousin decades ago, there is simply too much controversy for him to remain in his position.
On Tuesday, a statement was released explaining that Murray repeatedly and definitely denied all allegations, but stated that his resignation would be what was “best for the city.”
Murray added that he took pride in the work that he had done during his time as a legislator, stating “while the allegations against me are not true, it is important that my personal issues do not affect the ability of our City government to conduct the public’s business.”
Right before his resignation, the Seattle Times gave a report on Tuesday that Joseph Dyer, who is now 54 years old and is also Murray’s first cousin, made allegations that the mayor had molested him time and time again when he was just 13 years old.
Dyer reported to the Seattle Times, “there would be times when I would fake sleeping because I didn’t want him touching me. And that’s when he would molest me. And my mother would be right there in the house, she’d be in the living room…watching TV, at that time it was probably ‘M*A*S*H.’ And my sisters would be in their rooms, sleeping. And I would be in my room, and he would be in there, molesting me.”
His shocking account wasn’t the first time someone had made similar allegations against Murray. Murray, who is now 62, didn’t deny that he had shared a room with Dyer backing the 1970’s. He also confirmed that he and his siblings came to live with Dyer and his mother, Maryellen Settle, in New York when their own mother had died. Murray was in his early twenties when the alleged molestations occurred.
Or course, Murray denied any and all allegations. He stated that they were completely made up in an attempt for his cousin to get back at him from former disagreements between the two families.
Murray maintained to the Times, “I did not sexually abuse any of her children. There’s been numerous fights between our two families for many years, and much ugliness. I guess they see me down and out, and they want to finish me off.”
During Dyer’s interview with the Times, he explained that he was compelled to come forward with his own account when he saw that Murray had denied other allegations.
He stated, “I saw… clips of (Murray) denying what he did, that pissed me off to the point where I am like, ‘that’s it. I have had enough.’ I have been carrying this around for 40-some years. Something has got to be done.”
Dyer’s mother was quoted telling the Times that she was “very glad to hear that he’s resigned.” She explained that she hoped it would help save others.
Another man who accused Murray of paying him for sex back when he was a teenager, Lloyd Anderson, said that he felt a sense of “victory” when Murray announced his resignation. He also felt extremely “saddened that it required another victim to come forward for him to resign.”
Anderson’s statement to the Times included him explaining “I wonder how many other victims are out there.”
Free Though Project wrote:
The first time Murray was accused of sexual abuse was back in April. Delvon Heckard, a 46-year-old took the first step when he filed a lawsuit against Murray. He stated that the mayor had paid him for sex over 50 times when he was only 15 years old.
Murray explained that he would officially leave office Wednesday at 5:00pm. It would be at this point which City Council President Bruce Harrell would take his position as mayor. Harrell then has five days to figure out if he wants to complete the rest of Murray’s term which is due to end on December 31st.
KONG received a statement in which Harrell stated that he will be making an announcement within the five days. He needs to consult with his family and different members of the Seattle City Council before making any major decisions.
Harrell explained, “the City must focus on governance and day-to-day business without distraction. I have a plan in place for a seamless transition in order for City operations to continue at the highest standard. Seattleites deserve a government that holds their full confidence and trust.”