Ed Murray denies claim by cousin of abuse decades ago but says he will leave office effective Wednesday afternoon: ‘I am sorry for this painful situation’

Seattle’s mayor, Ed Murray, has announced his resignation after a fifth man – one of his cousins – accused him of sexual abuse decades ago.

Murray, who had already announced that he would not seek a second term even as he denied the claims, said on Tuesday he would step down effective 5pm Wednesday.

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