Another anti-Trump politician is in trouble! Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, a Democrat, has been accused of an awful crime.
A 46-year-old Kent man sued Seattle Mayor Ed Murray on Thursday, claiming Murray “raped and molested him” over several years, beginning in 1986 when the man was a 15-year-old high-school dropout.
The lawsuit in King County Superior Court, filed under the man’s initials, “D.H.,” alleges Murray sexually abused the crack-cocaine addicted teen on numerous occasions for payments of $10 to $20.
“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. 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.”
According to NBC News, this isn’t the first time Murray has been accused:
Sulkin and Reading also acknowledged that there were similar accusations made by two other men to lawyers, reporters and lawmakers in 2007. Those accusations did not go public at the time, however.
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.” He said he told workers at a group home what had happened, and the alleged abuse stopped.
Simpson told the Seattle Times that he hired a lawyer to bring a case against Murray in 2007, but the lawyer backed out. Simpson told the paper and then called media organizations and Washington state lawmakers. At the time, Murray was a state senator; the allegations did not become public, and did not hinder his political career. Simpson told reporters that he’d be willing to testify in a civil trial.
If these allegations are true, this guy deserves prison.