Fourth man accuses Seattle mayor of sex abuse
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.