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Nury Martinez said Tuesday she would take a leave of absence from the Los Angeles City Council, two days after a surreptitious recording surfaced on which she is heard making racist remarks and denigrating colleagues.
The comments elicited outrage across Los Angeles, with demands for her resignation coming Monday from Mayor Eric Garcetti, mayoral candidates Karen Bass and Rick Caruso, Sen. Alex Padilla and numerous members of the City Council.
“This has been one of the most difficult times of my life and I recognize this is entirely of my own making,” Martinez said in a statement. “At this moment, I need to take a leave of absence and take some time to have an honest and heartfelt conversation with my family, my constituents, and community leaders. I am so sorry to the residents of Council District 6, my colleagues, and the City of Los Angeles.”
A group of religious leaders held a news conference Tuesday morning outside City Hall.
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