Seattle: Mayor accused of abusing troubled boys
April 07, 2017
At a time when many suspicions are being raised about sexual abuse and pedophilia, the mayor of Seattle Ed Murray is accused of is accused of repeatedly raping crack-addicted teenage boys and paying them $10 a time.
The Daily Mail reports that Seattle mayor Ed Murray 61, reportedly ‘raped and molested’ a 15-year-old boy for five years. He allegedly met boy on a bus and propositioned him for sex at his apartment. Jeff Simpson and Lloyd Anderson accused Murray of abusing them in the 1980’s. Mr Simpson claimed Murray raped him for several years, starting at age of 13.
Murray’s spokesman branded claims ‘categorically false’ and ‘unsubstantiated’. In interviews with The Seattle Times, two other men claimed he abused them and paid them for sex when they were teenagers in the 1980’s.
The mayor branded the claims ‘categorically false’, adding that it was no coincidence that the allegations came ‘within weeks of the campaign filing deadline’.
Murray was elected mayor in 2013 after a long career in the Legislature, where he led efforts to legalize gay marriage in the state. As mayor he pushed to increase the city’s minimum wage to $15 an hour and address the homelessness crisis in Seattle.
A 46-year-old man, identified by the initials D.H, said Murray ‘raped and molested him’ over several years, according to the lawsuit filed in King County Superior Court.
He claimed the abuse began when he was 15 and addicted to crack cocaine, and Murray was in his early 30’s.
‘I have been dealing with this for over 30 years,’ the man, now sober for a year, told the Times.
He said he was coming forward as part of a ‘healing process’ after years of ‘the shame, the embarrassment, the guilt, the humiliation that I put myself through and that he put me through.’
His attorneys wrote in the complaint that their client’s actions were not politically motivated, KIRO7 reported.
They said that D.H ‘believes that the public has a right to full information when a trusted official exploits a child’ .
The newspaper also reported that two other men said they knew Murray when they lived in a Portland, Oregon, center for troubled children.
Jeff Simpson and Lloyd Anderson accused Murray of abusing them in the 1980s and paying them for sex and said they’d be willing to testify about it, the Times said.
In interviews with The Seattle Times, two other men claimed he abused them and paid them for sex when they were teenagers in the 1980s. Above, Murray attends a dinner reception for Chinese President Xi Jinping in Seattle, Washington, U.S. on September 22, 2015
Simpson, 49, said Murray – who he had thought of as a father – raped him over several years, starting at age 13, and in later years, paid him.
‘I would really like for him to admit it and to take responsibility,’ Simpson told two Times reporters who visited him in Portland.
‘I don’t necessarily think that he destroyed my life but I believe a lot of the problems I have stemmed from this.’
Simpson tried to bring a lawsuit against Murray in 2007, with Anderson’s support, but his lawyer withdrew from the case. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and says D.H. has not previously made any financial demands of Murray.
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