Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Resigns After Family Member Accuses Him Of Child Rape
After New Accusations Of Child Rape, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Resigns
Seattle, WA – Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, who is widely known for his defense of illegal immigrants and progressive causes, was accused on Tuesday of raping his cousin as a child in the 1970s.
Following the accusations, Mayor Ed Murray is set to resign at 5 PM on Tuesday, according to the Seattle Times.
The latest accusations against Murray make his cousin just one of five people who claim that Murray raped them while they were children.
Murray’s cousin, Joseph Dyer, 54, is a dialysis technician and Air Force veteran, and says that he was one 13 years old when Murray raped him.
“There would be times when I would fake sleeping because I didn’t want him touching me,” Dyer told The Seattle Times.
“And that’s when he would molest me. And my mother would be right there in the house, she’d be in the living room … watching TV, at that time it was probably “M*A*S*H.” And my sisters would be in their rooms, sleeping. And I would be in my room, and he would be in there, molesting me.”
Murray Blamed Dyer’s accusations on family drama, saying, “There’s been numerous fights between our two families for many years, and much ugliness. I guess they see me down and out, and they want to finish me off.”
According to The Washington Post, an unidentified man filed a lawsuit against Murray in April. In the lawsuit, the man said that Murray “repeatedly criminally raped and molested” him when he was a homeless 15-year-old in the 1980s.
In interviews with The Seattle Times, the man and two other men told similar stories about a politician in his late 20s and early 30s who befriended street kids, gave them money, and then took advantage of them sexually.
One of the men, Jeff Simpson, said that he was molested by Murray for years beginning at age 13. He said that a lot of his problems stemmed from the molestation.
Murray also is known for doing everything he can within his power to defy President Trump’s immigration policies.
When news of the lawsuit broke in April, Murray cancelled a planned event. He held a news conference later that day and dismissed the accusations, blaming them on a “troubled man.”
The lawsuit states that Murray met a homeless, addicted 15-year-old, ‘D.H.’, on a bus, which began with a friendly interaction. It quickly turned into the teen doing whatever Murray wanted him to do for $10 or $20.
In the interview with The Seattle-Times, ‘D.H.’ said that he would be doing whatever sexual act Murray wanted him to do, and that he would tell him to stop but he wouldn’t stop.
The statute of limitations for charging Murray with rape of a child has run out, so a lawsuit was the only option. The lawsuit mentions explicit details of the sexual encounters between Murray and ‘D.H.’, and matches details given by another teen, who did not sue, with the last name of Anderson.
Anderson said that Murray would give him $30 and some marijuana.in exchange for oral sex.
Another teen who is now grown, who did sue, with the last name of Simpson, said that he lived with Murray off and on for several years. He also said that he reported the molestation to his group home manager once, after an argument in 1984, but nothing came of it. Police investigated a report of sodomy also in 1984, but the investigation was dropped for unknown reasons.
Anderson and Simpson took their allegations to the media in 2008 but Murray hired an attorney to discredit them.
If it’s discovered that the accusations against Murray are true, then he still has the Polanski defense: If enough time has passed since you raped a child, then that totally makes it OK. Nothing to see here.