Seattle mayor Ed Murray has denied allegations that he sexually abused three men when they were teenagers in the 1980s, saying in a brief press conference that a lawsuit filed against him will not deter a re-election campaign.
Murray, 61, gained national prominence with a long campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in Washington state, his quest to raise Seattle’s minimum wage to $15 – a promise that helped him unseat the incumbent mayor in 2013 – and his unvarnished criticism of Donald Trump. On Thursday Murray was accused by three men of sexual abuse in the 1980s, including in a lawsuit.
On Friday the mayor denied the allegations through a spokesman and at a brief press conference. The claims, Murray said, “were very painful for me. It was painful for my husband.”