For the third time since he’s been mayor of Seattle is accused of raping an underage boy. A man from Kent, Washington known only as D.H. is suing Ed Murray for sexually abusing him when he was only fifteen years old. The mayor denies the story even though the man described his apartment he was living in then and his private phone number at the time and even described his genitals.
“I have been dealing with this for over 30 years,” the accuser said on Thursday, adding he’s been sober for a year. He described the revelation as essential to the “healing process” of addiction recovery, coming to terms with “the shame, the embarrassment, the guilt, the humiliation that I put myself through and that he put me through.”
Murray is seeking re-election in 2017 and has denied the story as he cancelled a Thursday afternoon news conference on police reform. He has not been seen in public since.
A statement from a Murray staffer reads:
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.
Two other men, Jeff Simpson and Lloyd Anderson, also say they were victims of Murray’s alleged sexual abuse when as boys they were in a center for troubled children in the 1980s. Simpson came forward with the charges in 1984, but after talking to a social worker and police officer, no charges resulted.In interviews with The Seattle Times, both men repeated the allegations and said they would be available to testify in court in support of D.H.
The previous men were dismissed at the time as being agents of “extreme right-wing anti-gay activists in the midst of the marriage equality campaign.”