The widower of a slain British legislator has stepped down from two charities set up in her memory after allegations of sexual misconduct in the past were reported. "I want to apologise deeply and unreservedly for my past behaviour and for the hurt and offence that I have caused," Brendan Cox said in a statement, per the Guardian. He said that "allegations from several years ago have resurfaced that makes concentrating on" his duties "much more difficult." Cox said late Saturday he would leave his positions at the Jo Cox Foundation and the More in Common charity. Both were started after his wife Jo Cox was shot and stabbed to death during the Brexit referendum in 2016, reports the AP.
The Mail on Sunday published reports alleging sexual misconduct on his part. A woman in Cambridge, Mass., alleged in 2015 that Cox bought her drinks, grabbed her hips, and forcibly shoved his thumb in her mouth in a sexual way, per the Guardian. Cox called the newspaper's allegations a "massive exaggeration." Cox has advocated for his wife's beliefs. She was killed by a far-right activist.
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