Seattle Mayor Ed Murray spoke publicly for the first time on Friday afternoon after a new lawsuit alleged he sexually abused a teenager in the 1980s.
Murray said he will not resign.
If Murray stepped down or was incapacitated, the Charter of the City of Seattle outlines who would temporarily assume job of mayor.
The first in the line of succession is City Council President Bruce Harrell. If Harrell is unable to fulfill the duties of "acting mayor," the position would fall to Council President Pro Tempore Rob Johnson.
If the change happens for any reason, the Office of Emergency Management must be notified.
About the lawsuit
vulnerable populations for decades. It is not a coincidence that this shakedown effort comes within weeks of the campaign filing deadline. These unsubstantiated assertions, dating back three decades, are categorically false. Mayor Murray has never engaged in an inappropriate relationship with any minor.
The two older accusations were promoted by extreme right-wing antigay activists in the midst of the marriage equality campaign, and were thoroughly investigated and dismissed by both law enforcement authorities and the media. Mayor Murray will vigorously fight these allegations in court."
Other sexual abuse allegations against Murray
About Murray’s career
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