Accuser's lawyer wants to depose Seattle mayor on May 2

“Our city cannot afford to be distracted,” Seattle City Council President Bruce Harrell said in a statement Monday in which he explained that the council would have no further comment on allegations against Mayor Ed Murray. (Mark Harrison  The Seattle

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray Denies Sex-Abuse Allegations, Won't Resign

"To be on the receiving end of such untrue allegations is very painful to me", Murray said during a press conference where he did not take questions.

Attorney Bob Sulkin said Mayor Ed Murray underwent a physical exam on Tuesday to prove he is not the man who repeatedly paid a 15-year-old drug addict cash for sex in the 1980s.

"This is game-changing. This is the heart of the allegations, and they're false".

Immediately after this lawsuit was filed, on Friday morning, we sent the Mayor's attorney a letter inviting his legal team to depose quickly as this week, or even this afternoon.

Murray, a Democrat elected mayor in 2013, has flatly denied the allegations and said in a news conference Friday he meant to stay on the job and continue his campaign for re-election this fall.

"I have been dealing with this for over 30 years", the man, now sober for a year, said in an interview with The Seattle Times.

Socialist Seattle City Councilwoman Kshama Sawant is the first person on the council to publicly share a statement on the allegations after Harrell wrote no one had the intention on commenting.

He said he was coming forward as part of a "healing process" after years of 'the shame, the embarrassment, the guilt, the humiliation that I put myself through and that he put me through'. The recent death of his father also helped free him from keeping what he described as his shameful story secret, he said.

His attorneys wrote in the complaint that their client's actions were not politically motivated.

The newspaper also reported that two other men said they knew Murray when they lived in a Portland, Oregon, center for troubled children.

Sulkin said the doctor who gave the exam on Tuesday has seen Murray for years.

Simpson tried to bring a lawsuit against Murray in 2007, with Anderson's support, but his lawyer withdrew from the case.

PDC records from 2008 reveal that Murray used money from his surplus account to pay around $8,000 to "Roger W. Morse Investigations", as well as $10,000 to Portland attorney Katherine Heekin. Both raised the allegations a decade ago, with Simpson threatening a lawsuit that never emerged, and repeated them in recent interviews.

The notice was filed Wednesday in King County Superior Court.

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