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Brendan Cox, Husband of Murdered U.K. Lawmaker, Resigns Over Abuse Accusations

In a post on Twitter on Saturday, he also acknowledged “mistakes I made several years ago while at Save the Children,” a charity that promotes children’s rights around the globe. “I take responsibility for my actions and will hold myself to a higher standard in the future,” he added.

In a statement, Save the Children said that it suspended Mr. Cox in 2015 and investigated accusations of “inappropriate behavior” against him, but that he had resigned before the inquiry was completed. The charity said its chief executive, Kevin Watkins, had ordered a review of its system for dealing with complaints about behavior in the workplace.

According to the Cambridge police report, a woman went to a restaurant in Harvard Square with Mr. Cox on Oct. 29, 2015, when he “touched her inappropriately,” grabbed her by the hips several times, pulled her hair and “forced his thumb into her mouth in a sexual way.”

The dinner took place a month after Mr. Cox resigned as a senior executive at Save the Children.

Ms. Cox, 41, was a rising star in the opposition Labour Party and a passionate advocate for causes such as the victims of the civil war in Syria when she was shot in June 2016 in Birstall, England, one week before Britain’s referendum on membership in the European Union. She had supported remaining in the bloc.

In November 2016, a jury convicted Thomas Mair, then 53, of murder after a seven-day trial. He was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of a parole. In court, when asked for his name, he replied, “My name is death to traitors, freedom for Britain.”

On Sunday, Kim Leadbeater, a sister of Ms. Cox, said on the Jo Cox Foundation website: As a family, we will support Brendan as he endeavors to do the right thing by admitting mistakes he may have made in the past, and we respect him for doing so.

Source: NYT > World

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