Seattle Mayor Calls Sex Crime Allegations ‘Painful' and Untrue

In a lawsuit filed this week, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is accused of "repeatedly and criminally raping and molesting" a teenage boy decades ago, a charge denied by the mayor in the middle of his re-election campaign.

As NBC News reports, the lawsuit, filed Thursday by a 46-year-old man identified only as D.H., alleges that he met Murray in the mid-1980s, when he was a 15-year-old homeless high school dropout and drug addict. Murray, in his early 30s at the time, allegedly paid D.H. for sex acts at his home in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, the lawsuit says. It details some of those alleged encounters with graphic details. 

Murray, 61, who is openly gay and married, has championed gay rights and touts his work on behalf of "vulnerable populations." His lawyer and spokesman said the allegations were false. Murray also publicly denied the accusations Friday, calling them "painful" and untrue.

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