Lawsuit: Seattle mayor accused of sexually assaulting ‘troubled male teen’

A 46-year-old man filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Seattle Mayor, Ed Murray, alleging that Murray sexually assaulted him on numerous occasions during the mid-1980s.

The lawsuit, filed under the initials D.H. at the King County Superior Court, accused Murray of paying a crack-addicted 15-year-old teen boy $10 to $20 after numerous sexual abuse encounters. The victim, whose been sober now for around a year, claimed he was still dealing with the torment of what reportedly happened to him at the hands of Murray.

“I have been dealing with this for over 30 years,” the victim told the Seattle Times.

D.H. stated he’s trying desperately to heal his past wounds, and part of the healing process is confronting the “shame, the embarrassment, the guilt, the humiliation” that he went through with Murray.

When Murray learned of the accusation on Thursday, he canceled a news conference on police reform and stayed away from the public eye. Murray’s personal spokesman, Jeff Reading, made a statement on his behalf, which indicated that Murray denied the allegations against him.

“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.”

Yet, D.H. isn’t the only person to accuse Murray of sexual abuse. In fact, he’s been accused by at least two other times of sexual assault.

In 1984, a man named Jeff Simpson, who claimed while growing up in Portland “troubled teen” facility, Murray sexually abused him. Simpson said he told a social worker and a detective, yet charges were never filed. Another man, Lloyd Anderson, who also grew up in the Portland facility, accused Murray of sexually abusing as well. Similar to Simpson’s case, Murray was never charged. Both men said they would testify in court against Murray if needed.

Reading rebutted the men’s claims by indicating they were a part of a “right-wing anti-gay activists” promotion.

“The two older accusations were promoted by extreme right-wing anti-gay activists in the midst of the marriage equality campaign, and were thoroughly investigated and dismissed by both law enforcement authorities and the media.”

D.H. claimed he met Murray in 1986 at Capitol Hill. Murray allegedly invited the then-teen back to his apartment, where he bargained a price for sex. The bargaining and the sex would happen again at least 50 times over the course of the next several years, the victim claimed.

“And there’s times he would be doing certain things and I would tell him to stop and he wouldn’t stop, and I let it happen because I wanted that money so I can go get those drugs.”

Murray, who at the time was in his early 30’s, reportedly knew that D.H. was just 15. Since the statute of limitations to bring about criminal charges has since expired, D.H. chose to file civil charges against Murray. The lawsuit indicates that the victim is seeking an unspecified amount in damages.

[Feature Photo: AP/Elaine Thompson]