A lawsuit filed against Seattle mayor Ed Murray alleges that in 1985, Murray had "raped and molested" an unnamed male high-school dropout. Murray has since denied the accusation.
“I have been dealing with this for over 30 years," says the man identified only by the initials D.H. He also claims that this suit is part of a "healing process" to help him overcome “the shame, the embarrassment, the guilt, the humiliation that I put myself through and that he put me through.” D.H. is now seeking unspecified damages via a civil lawsuit.
Murray quickly dismissed the suit as erroneous and cancelled several meetings shortly after the accusations went public. A statement from his office suggests the allegations are an attempt to discredit him before an election: “These false accusations are intended to damage a prominent elected official who has been a defender of vulnerable populations for decades. 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.”
Murray has faced allegations of abuse before. Jeff Simpson and Lloyd Anderson accused the politician of similar crimes but had never filed any charges against him. The previous accusations were seen as attempts to smear Murray during an election in which LGBT issues were at the forefront.
D.H.'s lawsuit claims that he wants Murray to be held accountable: “[D.H.] is disturbed that Mr. Murray maintains a position of trust and authority, and believes that the public has a right to full information when a trusted official exploits a child," reads the suit.
D.H. has not previously made any financial demands of Murray. ABC News notes that the statute of limitations on these crimes would have expired long ago.
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