MI congressman John Conyers accused of sexually harassing staffer and her cousin

MI congressman John Conyers accused of sexually harassing staffer and her cousin

Embattled Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, has announced Tuesday that he is retiring and has endorsed his son, John Conyers III to run for his seat.

He said he's endorsing his son, John Conyers III, to replace him in Congress. Conyers faced calls to resign following reports that he reached a $27,000 settlement with a former aide who said she was sacked for rejecting his sexual advances.

Arnold Reed, attorney for Rep. John Conyers, holds up an image of Conyers and Marion Brown, one of the two women accusing the congressman of inappropriate behavior, as he addresses the media in Detroit on December 1.

Conyers last month stepped down from his position as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee after acknowledging that in 2015 he settled a wrongful dismissal complaint, though the congressman denied the sexual misconduct accusations against him.

"My legacy can't be compromised, or diminished in any way by what we are going through now", Conyers said. "And I want everyone to know how much I appreciate the support that...incredible, undiminished support I've received across the years of my supporters, not only in my district but across the country as well", Conyers said.

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The affidavit backs up the statements Grubbs' cousin Marion Brown previously made and details years of alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior from the pol.

Elisa Grubbs made the allegation in an affidavit released by her attorney, Lisa Bloom.

The allegations spurred a House Ethics Committee investigation into Conyers' conduct. He returned home from Washington, D.C. Tuesday night.

Buzzfeed News reported on November 20 that Conyers had settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was sacked from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances.

Anthony was referring to allegations of sexual harassment leveled against President Donald Trump during his campaign for office.

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"Oh, absolutely not", Conyers said.

According to a phone interview with The New York Times, the state senator was adamant that the elder Conyers was not resigning, but retiring instead. When sexual-misconduct allegations surface in the private sector, a boss really can say "You're fired" - as Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and others can attest.

Conyers has denied the allegations of sexual misconduct.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dug herself into a hole when she defended Conyers on Meet The Press.

Ian Conyers told the newspaper that his great-uncle - the longest-serving current U.S. House member - "is not resigning".

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Melanie Sloan, a former Conyers aide and Washington lawyer, told The Washington Post last week that Conyers harassed and verbally abused her when she worked for his Washington office in the 1990s.

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