Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is being sued by a 46-year-old Kent man who alleges that Murray "raped and molested" him when he was just 15 years old.
The suit filed by a man only identified as "D.H." in King County Superior Court, alleges Murray sexually abused him on a number of occasions, beginning in 1986, for payments of $10 and $20. D.H. was also addicted to crack-cocaine at the time.
“I have been dealing with this for over 30 years,” the man, now sober for a year, said in an interview with The Seattle Times. He said he was coming forward as part of a “healing process” after years of “the shame, the embarrassment, the guilt, the humiliation that I put myself through and that he put me through.”
Murray's spokesman Jeff Reading issued a statement denying the allegations.
“These false accusations are intended to damage a prominent elected official who has been a defender of vulnerable populations for decades," he said. "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. … Mayor Murray will vigorously fight these allegations in court.”
The Seattle Times reports that this is not the first time allegations of sexual abuse my Murray have surfaced.
D.H. is not the first to accuse Murray, one of the state’s most powerful politicians, of sexual abuse that occurred decades ago. Murray, 61, has known of other allegations for years, and has quietly, but vigorously denied them.
Two men, Jeff Simpson and Lloyd Anderson, said they knew Murray when they were growing up in a Portland center for troubled children, and later as teenagers. They accuse Murray of abusing them in the 1980s when he was in his 20s. Simpson made the claim as a teen in 1984, and talked with a social worker and detective at the time. No charges were filed.
Both men raised the allegations a decade ago, with one making calls to reporters and Washington state lawmakers. They repeated the accusations in recent interviews with The Seattle Times, saying they would testify in court if needed.
I would really like for him to admit it and to take responsibility …” Simpson said of Murray. “I don’t necessarily think that he destroyed my life, but I believe a lot of the problems I have stemmed from this.”
As for Anderson, he identified distinctive physical features of Murray.
“During these encounters, (he) noticed that Ed had an unusual bump on his penis and bright red pubic hair,” a paralegal for Simpson's attorney wrote in a memo in 2007.
D.H. described Murray as having “reddish pubic hair and a unique mole on his scrotum — it is a small bump.”
“The two older accusations were promoted by extreme right-wing anti-gay activists in the midst of the marriage equality campaign, and were thoroughly investigated and dismissed by both law enforcement authorities and the media," said Reading, who addressed the two men's allegations.
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