Fourth man ac­cuses Seat­tle mayor of sex abuse

Cape Breton Post - - World -

SEAT­TLE — A fourth man is ac­cus­ing Seat­tle Mayor Ed Mur­ray of pay­ing him for sex when the man was a teenager.

In a sworn dec­la­ra­tion filed in court late Tues­day, the man says he was in­tro­duced to Mur­ray by Delvonn Heckard. Heckard last month filed a law­suit claim­ing he was sex­u­ally abused by Mur­ray decades ago when he was a teenager.

The As­so­ci­ated Press does not typ­i­cally name al­leged vic­tims of sex abuse. Heckard has pre­vi­ously said he wanted his name made pub­lic. A Mur­ray spokesman, Jeff Read­ing, ve­he­mently de­nied the claim as false. Read­ing said in a state­ment that the new claim was an “am­bush copy­cat false ac­cu­sa­tion.” Mur­ray is run­ning for re­elec­tion, has de­nied all of the abuse claims and says they are part of an anti-gay drive to de­rail his cam­paign.

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