A fourth man has accused Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of exchanging cash for sex with him when the accuser was just a teenager, The New York Daily News reported.
Maurice Levon Jones—who made the accusations from jail, where he is being held on drug charges—said that another accuser, Delvonn Heckard, introduced Murray to Jones when Jones was a minor.
“Mr. Murray gave me money for sex. I am not part of any right-wing conspiracy. I am also gay,” wrote Jones in a statement. Murray, a Democrat, is Seattle’s first openly gay politician.
Jones and Heckard filed a civil lawsuit against the mayor, in which Jones claimed that Murray regularly hired child prostitutes in his Capitol Hill apartment, The Seattle Times said.
Jones, like Murray’s other accusers, has a lengthy criminal rap sheet.
“Mayor Murray does not know this person. This is an ambush copycat false accusation that is being made without any details, evidence, timeline or anything at all to substantiate its veracity. Mayor Murray has never had inappropriate relations with any minor, and Mayor Murray has never paid for sex,” said Reading, according to the Times.
Murray had earlier disputed Heckard’s claims by getting a physical exam to show he did not have a “unique mole” on his genitals, as Heckard claimed.
Heckard claimed to have had sex with Murray as a 15-year-old drug addict after Heckard met the future mayor on a bus.