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Man who accused Ed Murray of sex abuse files new lawsuit

Ed Murray (KOMO file photo)

SEATTLE -- The Kent man whose allegations of child sex abuse against then-Mayor Ed Murray set off a chain of events that forced the mayor from office has filed a new lawsuit against Murray and added the city as a defendant.

Delvonn Heckard dropped his lawsuit in June, but his lawyer said the lawsuit would be refiled. It has been in King County Superior Court. and it again makes allegations of sexual abuse.

Murray has consistently denied those allegations.

A spokeswoman for the Seattle City Attorney's Office said she had not seen the lawsuit.

The allegations forced Murray to drop out of his re-election effort. And after a cousin made allegations against him, Murray resigned on Sept. 12.

In addition to its allegations of sexual abuse, the lawsuit asserts that Murray worked to discredit Heckard.

"Acting within the scope of employment and utilizing his position of power as bestowed by the citizens of the City of Seattle, Mr. Murray spread false and harmful information about Delvonn, and his attorneys, in an effort to win reelection and extinguish these claims," the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit notes that members of "Seattle’s political elite" had backed Murray. It notes that Seattle City Council members Sally Bagshaw and Bruce Harrell had supported Murray as the allegations were disclosed.

"The failure to act was a form of negligence that permitted Mr. Murray to continue to use his power to defame the assorted victims. These actions, enabling, and watching future leaders of the community accept Mr. Murray’s endorsement, caused added emotional distress and humiliation to Delvonn, and childhood sex abuse victims everywhere.," the lawsuit says.

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