WYOMING – A Wyoming woman has come forward with allegations against Secretary of State Ed Murray that she was physically molested by him when the two worked at a Cheyenne law firm some 35 years ago.
In a Facebook post, Tatiana Maxwell, who now lives in Boulder, Colorado, claims Murray assaulted her while she interned at Dray, Madison and Thompson in Cheyenne the summer after she graduated high school. Murray was also a new hire at the firm at the time, taking a position after he graduated law school.
Maxwell said Murray invited her to meet him at the office after hours. There was pizza and beer she remembers. Then the conversation turned, according to Maxwell.
“He started putting his hands on me and tried to kiss me. I was completely uncomfortable,” she wrote. “I was a virgin and had never had sex with a man, and I told Eddie so…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. I was disgusted and horrified. One of the unforgettable memories was of him handing me the box of Kleenex from the receptionist’s desk to clean myself up after he was finished.”
Maxwell said she recently told the story to her daughters after the #MeToo movement, and the current wave of women coming forward with allegations of sexual harassment and assault. When asked by her grown daughters what she did about it, she said, “Nothing.” Her girls encouraged her to come forward.
“It was confusing to know what to do. I really liked my job and was worried that telling someone would get me fired,” Maxwell continued. “I certainly wasn’t going to tell my parents. I couldn’t imagine going to the lawyers, and I hadn’t been physically hurt so the police didn’t seem like an option either. But I knew what happened wasn’t okay. I knew that someone doesn’t have the right to force any kind of sexual act on another person.”
Maxwell also claims Murray has tried to apologize for the incident years later at two high school reunions where the two bumped into each other.
Murray, Wyoming’s 21st Secretary of State and a rumored candidate for the governor’s race in 2018, denied the accusations, calling them “baseless” and “unequivocally false.”
The full statement reads:
I was shocked and appalled to read Ms. Maxwell’s statement. This baseless claim about an encounter from thirty-five years ago is unequivocally false. 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.
I struggle to understand what would motivate someone to make this kind of accusation. But considering that this statement was made in the context of the #metoo movement, I want to take this moment to acknowledge the overall importance of this conversation, as well as to reaffirm my commitment to being an ally for women.
As a husband of thirty-one years and the father of four incredible daughters, I take my role as an advocate for women with utmost importance. While I am deeply disturbed by this false allegation, I choose to allow this to serve as a reminder of how important it is to be an advocate for the courageous women and men who have spoken out against a very serious problem in our country. Sexual harassment is real and has no place in our society.