A new lawsuit accuses Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of child sexual abuse decades ago. Two other men have also come forward alleging abuse by Murray. An attorney for the mayor responded to the allegations Thursday afternoon. Watch his remarks here.

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Robert Sulkin, an attorney for Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, denied sexual-abuse allegations against the mayor in a verbal statement Thursday afternoon.

A new lawsuit accuses Murray of child sexual abuse decades ago. Two other men have told The Seattle Times they too were abused by Murray as teenagers in the 1980s.

“The allegations are false,” Sulkin told reporters outside his firm’s downtown Seattle office. “He has not engaged in any inappropriate conduct with a minor, and I don’t think it’s a coincidence that these allegations have occurred in the midst of a mayoral campaign.”

Representing Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, Robert Sulkin defends Murray against allegations of sexual abuse. (Corinne Chin / The Seattle Times)

The attorney made the statement less than 1.5 hours after The Times reported on the lawsuit.

“At the end of the day, we’re going to defend this lawsuit vigorously,” Sulkin said. “The mayor is going to do his job for the city of Seattle, and this accuser is going to have to explain himself.”

Sulkin’s remarks lasted roughly two minutes, and he did not take reporters’ questions afterward.

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Times reporters Daniel Beekman and Jim Brunner covered the conference live.