by: KIRO 7 News Staff Updated:
“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. The two older accusations were promoted by extreme right-wing antigay activists in the midst of the marriage equality campaign, and were thoroughly investigated and dismissed by both law enforcement authorities and the media. Mayor Murray will vigorously fight these allegations in court."
A private attorney for Murray told reporters at a news conference that mayor is going to continue doing his job for the City of Seattle.
Attorneys for D.H. wrote in the complaint that speculation would lead people to believe their client's actions are politically motivated. They claim that is "not exactly true," and that D.H. "believes that the public has a right to full information when a trusted official exploits a child," according to the lawsuit.
In the lawsuit, D.H. claims he experienced moments of reflection and awareness after his father’s death and subsequent counseling, which prompted the filing of the lawsuit.
D.H. admits in the complaint that he was convicted on various charges related to drug use and prostitution.
Around the time of D.H.'s allegations, Murray was managing the 1988 campaign of Senator Cal Anderson.
Seattle Times reporters Lewis Kamb and Jim Brunner note that two other men accused Murray of sexual abuse allegations more than a decade ago.
Those two men, Jeff Simpson and Lloyd Anderson, said they knew Murray when they were teens in a Portland center for troubled children.
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