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Woman Accuses Wyoming Politician Of Sexual Assault

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A woman has accused Wyoming's secretary of state of sexually assaulting her in 1982 at a Cheyenne law firm.

Tatiana Maxwell alleged that Ed Murray, who is now considering a run for governor, invited her to hang out with him at the firm's office after work when she was there as an intern, the Casper Star Tribune reported.

"He was older, handsome and from an old Cheyenne family but I didn't really know him," Maxwell wrote in a social media post, according to the Tribune.

She said that Murray tried to touch her and she resisted, saying she was a virgin.

"Ed wrestled me down to the carpet in front of the receptionist desk, opened his pants, lifted up my blouse and ejaculated on my stomach," added Maxwell. "I was disgusted and horrified."

She confirmed her allegations in an interview with the Tribune. Her husband, Peter Maxwell, told other media outlets that the story is the same one he has heard Tatiana tell in the past.

Tatiana also alleged that Murray tried to apologize for the incident at a school reunion they both attended. Murray, according to Tatiana, said "he wanted to apologize for what had happened almost a decade before," but she said he "couched it in terms" that she was so irresistible to him that he simply couldn't control himself.

"I don't think that's an apology," Tatiana said, according to the Jackson Hole News&Guide. "I think that is an excuse."

She added that the #MeToo movement encouraged her to come forward with her story.

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However, Murray denied that the reported incident ever took place.

"This baseless claim about an encounter from thirty-five years ago is unequivocally false," stated Murray, according to the Tribune. "There is no basis to this falsehood whatsoever and it is deeply hurtful to me and to my family, as well as to everyone I serve."

He also described himself in his statement as "an advocate for women," the Jackson Hole News&Guide reported.

Murray is thought to be one of the favorite Republican candidates for governor.

Tatiana is a mother to three daughters, aged 17, 25 and 28.

"They, too, have had incidents where they didn't know where to go, and they didn't know what to do," she told the News&Guide. "As a mother, that's really awful. If my coming out to tell this story can prevent that from happening to these young people, then that's the right thing to do."

Sources: Casper Star Tribune, Jackson Hole News&Guide / Featured Image: Babymestizo/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Idawriter/Panoramio via Wikimedia Commons, Alex Levine/Flickr

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