Seattle mayor Ed Murray was hit with a lawsuit on Thursday, accusing him of sexually abusing a teenage high school dropout back in the 1980s. The mayor called the allegations against him “very painful” and “untrue,” saying they are politically motivated. As reported by NBC, two other men have apparently claimed that Murray molested them.

Murray was reportedly elected mayor of Seattle in 2013, after following a 20-year career in the Legislature, where he worked to legalize gay marriage in the state. In his position as mayor, he has made efforts to increase the minimum wage in Seattle to $15 an hour and to address the current homeless crisis in the city.

Man accuses Seattle Mayor of raping and molesting him

The lawsuit was filed in the King County Superior court on Thursday by a 46-year-old man who claims he was raped and molested by the mayor over a period of several years, starting in 1986. The man, identified in the media with only the initials D.H., said he was 15 years of age when the sexual molestation began and that he was addicted to crack cocaine at the time. The Seattle Mayor was reportedly in his early 30s at the time the alleged Sexual Abuse took place.

Seattle Mayor will continue to seek re-election

According to a report by Fox News, Murray is currently finishing his first term as Seattle Mayor and said in a statement on Friday that the sexual abuse allegations against him are false.

Murray said that he will not back down and that he will "never back down." Murray added that he will not resign from his position and wishes to continue seeking re-election, stressing that the abuse claims against him are politically motivated.

Murray went on to say the sexual molestation allegations against him are "very painful," adding the person making the those allegations is “troubled,” which also makes him sad.

How can the mayor know the plaintiff is 'troubled'

However, Lincoln Beauregard, the lawyer acting for D.H. said in a statement that the Seattle Mayor has at no stage asked for the identity of his client. Beauregard went on to say that if Murray is telling the truth then he shouldn’t know who the man is. He asked how can Murray then call his client “troubled.” According to the law suit, however, the plaintiff had said he required mental health counseling following the death of his father and that he was was currently participating in recovery programs for his crack cocaine addiction.

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