Lawsuit accuses Seattle mayor of molesting boy in 1980s

And I will not back down now.

He said he will not step down and will run for re-election. A new conference focusing on the Seattle police department was canceled after the news broke.

Yet, D.H. isn't the only person to accuse Murray of sexual abuse.

" anxious to respond to your public allegations of wrongful motive", Beauregard wrote. They claim that is "not exactly true", and that D.H.

His office did not immediately reply to The Washington Post, though Murray's personal spokesman called the lawsuit "a shakedown effort within weeks of the campaign filing deadline", according to the Associated Press. These unsubstantiated assertions, dating back three decades, are categorically false.

Reading added, "Mayor Murray has never engaged in an inappropriate relationship with any minor". There he joined the vanguard of the gay rights movement, serving as campaign manager for Cal Anderson, a Seattle state senator who was the state's first openly gay member.

The mayor, 61, took no questions, but dismissed the suit as accusations from a "troubled" man.

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.

Jeff Simpson came forward decades ago alleging that he met Murray in a Portland center for troubled children and was later molested for an extended period by the man who would become mayor. In 1984, one of the victims talked to a social worker and to a detective about the abuse.

Because of the amount of time that has passed since the alleged abuse occurred, longer has legal grounds to file criminal charges. Any other police and child welfare records would have been destroyed by now, officials said.

"Quit victimizing us and just be honest and tell the truth", said Simpson, sharing what he'd say to Murray if he had the chance.

Reading's statement acknowledged those accusations.

The spokesperson added that two former accusations similar to the ones now raised were "promoted by extreme right-wing antigay activists in the midst of the marriage equality campaign".

The man, who admits he worked as a prostitute and was on drugs at the time, claims Murray propositioned him for sexual favors for as little as $10-$20 in his Capitol Hill apartment. It is painful for my husband, and for those who are close to us.

What do you think about the child rape allegations levied against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray?

Simpson told the Seattle Times that he hired a lawyer to bring a case against Murray in 2007, but the lawyer backed out.

As a young man, he considered joining the priesthood and spent a year at a seminary in 1976 before studying sociology at the University of Portland, a private Catholic institution. He also described Murray's genitalia to lawyers, according to court documents. Cal Anderson. He then worked as an aide to City Councilmember Martha Choe for four years in the 1990s.

Murray has been a political activist on the issues of illegal aliens and the redefinition of marriage.

Murray is married to his same-sex partner. Before that, he led a long campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington when he served in the state legislature for 18 years.

  • Larry Hoffman