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
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
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
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
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.