Seattle Mayor Denies Sex Abuse Allegations

Murray is seeking re-election in 2017 and has denied the story as he cancelled a Thursday afternoon news conference on police reform.

Calling the allegations a "bombshell", Bremner said it's clear Murray is taking this seriously by how quickly he had an attorney deny the allegations.

The lawsuit, filed by the now 46-year-old man identified only by his initials D.H., claimed that Murray abused the teen several times and paid the crack addicted youth $10 - $20 in each instance.

"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.

"These false accusations are meant to damage a prominent elected official who has been a defender of vulnerable populations for decades", said a statement issued by Reading. These unsubstantiated assertions, dating back three decades, are categorically false.

The Times also reported (http://bit.ly/2oOAwXY ) that two other men said they knew Murray when they lived in a Portland, Oregon, centre for troubled children.

After making a public statement addressing the accusations of sexual abuse, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is embraced by his husband Michael Shiosaki.

One of them talked with a social worker and a detective after the alleged abuse, The Times said. Charges were never filed.

Ed Murray made headlines for being Seattle's first openly gay mayor.

Murray's spokesperson said earlier in the week that D.H.'s complaint was politically motivated. "I will continue to run for re-election, and I plan to lead this city as we work our way through the wind and rain storm of this weekend as well as the many challenges we face going forward". When I asked a couple of campaign insiders what this means for Murray's reelection, they told me, essentially, let the body cool first.

One man, Jeff Simpson, spoke to NBC Seattle affiliate KING 5 and Portland NBC affiliate KGW, saying he met Murray while living in an orphanage, and that the future mayor "was my only parent figure".

Lincoln Beauregard, an attorney for the mayor's accuser, said in a statement later, "It must be hard for (Murray) to know that his career is over".

Reading's statement acknowledged those accusations.

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". "I don't necessarily think that he destroyed my life, but I believe a lot of the problems I have stemmed from this". Similar to Simpson's case, Murray was never charged.

Murray, 61, grew up in working class neighborhoods in and around Seattle as one of seven children in an Irish Catholic family and became one of the state's most prominent political figures.

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.

SEATTLE (AP) — The Latest on a lawsuit filed against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray alleging he sexually molested a teenage high-school dropout in the 1980s.

Anderson and Simpson took their accusations to the media and Washington lawmakers in 2008, the Times reported - when Murray was a state senator known for championing same-sex marriage and other gay rights causes. "But when you look at the agenda that he had and what he's been able to accomplish in four years, he's done a huge amount for the city".

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