Suit charges sexual abuse by Seattle mayor in 1980s

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Updated 4:08 pm, Thursday, April 6, 2017

A man on Thursday filed a lawsuit against Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, charging that Murray sexually abused him in the 1980s as the then-teen battled drug addiction.

The 46-year-old man, who went only by the initials “D.H.” in the suit, claimed that Murray “raped and molested him” for several years in exchange for $10 to $20 payments, starting when the man was just 15 years old.

In a statement, Murray’s outside spokesperson Jeff Reading denied the claims and called it a “shakedown effort” that was timed not coincidentally within weeks of the deadline to file for his reelection campaign.

“Mayor Murray has never engaged in an inappropriate relationship with any minor,” Reading said in the statement. “Mayor Murray will vigorously fight these allegations in court.”

Two other men also came forward with claims of sexual abuse by Murray, now 61, in the 1980s, according to a report by the Seattle Times.

Those accusations surfaced 10 years ago and Reading dismissed them as false allegations raised during the marriage equality campaign.

In the suit, D.H. said he met Murray riding the number 7 Metro bus around Capitol Hill. He had recently dropped out of high school, was homeless and addicted to drugs, the complaint read. D.H.’s parents were also addicted to drugs, he said in the complaint.

Murray invited the young boy to his apartment, where he propositioned him for sex for as little as $10, the complaint said.

In the suit, lawyers include details of the apartment that D.H. remembered, as well as Murray’s phone number at the time. 

Murray paid for sex with the man at least 50 times over the next four or five years, D.H. told the Times in an interview.

The suit includes specific details about the sexual encounters and Murray’s genitals and body.

D.H. said that another “apparent under-aged boy” was also at the apartment on at least one occasion, and he understood that Murray was also having sex with that boy for money, the complaint said.

D.H. is represented by attorney Lawand Anderson of L.A. Law & Associates as well as attorneys Lincoln Beauregard and Julie Kays of Connelly Law Offices.

Beauregard and Kays have recently pursued claims of sexual misconduct or discrimination against several Seattle-area notables. The attorneys are representing the daughter of “Deadliest Catch” star Sig Hansen in a sexual abuse lawsuit, as well as several women pursuing sex discrimination claims against the King County Sheriff’s Office. They recently won a $2.8 million verdict for two Seattle Police Department officers who claimed to have been retaliated against by department brass.

The lawsuit seeks damages to be determined at trial.

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