City Attorney Pete Holmes announced Dec. 30 that the city would pay $150,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by one of five men who have come forward accusing former Mayor Ed Murray of sexually assaulting them when they were teens.
The payment ends a legal saga that began in April when Delvonn Heckard filed his initial bombshell lawsuit. Murray has denied the allegations since the beginning, but announced in May that he would not run for mayor in the November 2017 election. When a fifth accuser — a relative — came forward, Murray made the decision to resign.
The settlement will give the city a chance to put the episode behind it, Mayor Jenny Durkan said in a statement Saturday.
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