“Last year I became involved in an affair with a personal friend,” the Republican lawmaker said in a statement released through his lawyer, after a court hearing in Allegheny County on Wednesday. “This is nobody's fault but my own, and I offer no excuses. To the extent that there should be any blame in this matter, it falls solely upon me.”
The congressman added, “I ask the media to respect the privacy of my family. They have done nothing wrong and deserve to be left alone.”
Jesse Sally, the husband of the woman said to be involved with Murphy, has alleged that his wife’s affair with the congressman began in February 2016. Sally sought to have Murphy testify in a deposition earlier this year.
Sally and his wife, forensic psychologist Shannon Edwards, are involved in divorce proceedings. Sally’s lawyer said the deposition is relevant to Edwards’ alimony, the Post-Gazette reported.
“Why do you need to depose him other than to harass him? They got the marital misconduct. They admit it,” Murphy’s lawyer, Kenneth J. Horoho Jr., reportedly argued in court.
An Allegheny County common judge ruled that Murphy, who is married, must be deposed by Sally’s lawyer by Sept. 29, the newspaper reported.
In the divorce case, the judge granted a request by Sally’s lawyer for all calendar entries, text and email communications between Murphy and Edwards.
Murphy, 64, was first elected to the House in 2002 and previously was a psychologist and a commander in the U.S. Navy Reserve.