The Mayor of Seattle has been accused of repeatedly raping teenage boys who were addicted to crack cocaine and paying them $10 a time.
Ed Murray, 61, reportedly ‘raped and molested’ a 15-year-old boy for up to five years after they met on a city bus in 1986, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday.
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.
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 30s.
‘I have been dealing with this for over 30 years,’ the man, now sober for a year, told the Times.
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