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The city of Seattle will pay $150,000 to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who accused ex-Seattle Mayor Ed Murray of sexually abusing him, the city, Murray and the man's attorney said Saturday. Murray acknowledged the settlement Saturday, saying in a statement that he was "prepared to defend myself in court (as I have been doing at my own expense), but wholeheartedly agree with the city's decision to pay $150,000 to avoid the cost and uncertainty of litigation." The money will go to Delvonn Heckard, who accused Murray of sexual abuse years earlier. Murray denied, as he has from the beginning, the allegations in his statement on Saturday. "I did not molest or have any sexual contact with the plaintiff." Allegations of sexual abuse increased as others made accusations against Murray. In all, there were five accusers.