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Lawyer for Seattle mayor’s accuser seeking change of venue

Thu., May 18, 2017, 9:10 p.m.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray speaks during a press conference in Seattle on April 27, 2017. (Elaine Thompson / AP)
Seattle Mayor Ed Murray speaks during a press conference in Seattle on April 27, 2017. (Elaine Thompson / AP)

SEATTLE – Lawyers for the man suing Seattle Mayor Ed Murray for alleged sexual abuse are requesting to have the case moved outside Seattle and want sanctions imposed on Murray’s lawyer for “concocting and spreading a false narrative” that their law firm is anti-gay.

Lincoln Beauregard, the Seattle attorney who represents Murray’s accuser, Delvonn Heckard, filed the motion Thursday, according to the Seattle Times.

Beauregard contends that the mayor and his legal team, headed by Robert Sulkin, “have tainted the possibility of hosting a fair trial in King County.”

The motion also requests that the court sanction Sulkin’s legal team at least $5,000 for ethics violations.

Sulkin didn’t immediately respond to messages left for him.

Beauregard filed a lawsuit in April claiming Murray paid Heckard for sex when he was a teenage dropout in the 1980s. Murray has denied the allegations, saying they are politically motivated.



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