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Former foster son of ex-Seattle mayor files lawsuit

In this June 14, 2017, file photo, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray takes a question at a news conference at City Hall, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson / Associated Press)
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SEATTLE – The former foster son of ex-Seattle Mayor Ed Murray has filed a lawsuit against the city and Murray, claiming Murray improperly used the city’s top office to defame him and other men who accused Murray of child-sexual abuse decades ago.

The Seattle Times reported Jeff Simpson’s lawsuit filed Friday also contends the City Council and other public officials negligently failed to investigate his and the other men’s allegations.

Simpson, of Gladstone, Oregon, is the second accuser to sue Murray and the city for defamation and negligence related to the respective sexual-abuse claims.

Delvonn Heckard sued last year, ultimately receiving a $150,000 settlement. Heckard died of an overdose in February.

Murray, who resigned in September after a fifth man – his cousin – publicly accused him of sexual abuse decades ago, has persistently denied all of his accusers’ allegations.

Murray’s attorney Steve Fogg said in an emailed statement Friday that Murray is looking forward to a trial.