West Hollywood Mayor John Duran agreed to step down, Monday, amid allegations of sexual harassment. While the City Council had been sceduled to meet to consider censuring the Mayor, Duran did not acknowledge the scandal when stepping down, citing health reasons instead.
NBC News reports:
Duran said he will relinquish the title — which is rotated annually among City Council members — with two months to go but will remain on the council, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Three current or former members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles have alleged that Duran made crude sexual remarks or touched them inappropriately and three years ago the city paid $500,000 to settle a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by Duran’s former council deputy.
Duran also has faced criticism for his past work as an attorney for Ed Buck, a prominent Democratic donor who is well-known in LGBTQ political circles. Authorities are investigating the January death of a man at Buck’s West Hollywood home, which followed the death of another man there in 2017 from a drug overdose.
Protesters have been demanding Duran’s ouster in the wake of sexual harassment allegations.