John Conyers retiring from Congress amid sex harassment claims

John Conyers retiring from Congress amid sex harassment claims

"I am retiring today", Conyers, 88, told a Detroit radio station, as he became the first to step down among four serving U.S. lawmakers facing sexual misconduct allegations.

On Monday, a woman who said she worked for him for more than a decade said he slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs while she was sitting next to him in the front row of a church.

Conyers' attorney, Arnold Reed, confirmed that the lawmaker meant retiring effective immediately. Conyers, who said only that he was retiring Tuesday, but not resigning, denied any wrongdoing in the interview and endorsed his son to replace him in the House.

The sexual harassment allegations against Conyers surfaced November 20 after BuzzFeed News reported he settled a wrongful dismissal complaint with an employee in 2015 for $27,000 in exchange for a confidentiality agreement and that he made advances toward female staffers, including requests for sexual favors, caressing their hands in a "sexually suggestive" way, and rubbing their legs and backs in an inappropriate manner while in the office or in public.

Conyers has been facing calls to step down since it was revealed last month he paid a cash settlement out of office funds to a woman who claims he sexually harassed her. "The other accuser is Grubbs' cousin, the Free Press noted".

"I was startled and sprang to my feet and exclaimed, 'He just ran his hand up my thigh!' Other staffers witnessed the event", Elisa Grubbs said in an affidavit.

The allegations spurred a House Ethics Committee investigation into Conyers' conduct.




Conyers flew home to his district last week and checked into the hospital for what a family consultant said was stress. We don't condone sexual harassment on any level, ' he said. "This too shall pass", he said, speaking on the Mildred Gaddis Show.

His lawyer earlier said on Twitter that Conyers would make an announcement at 10:15 a.m.

They said the congressman is entitled to due process.

Multiple media outlets are reporting that Rep. John Conyers will not seek re-election after his current term.

A number of fellow Democrats have called on Conyers to resign, including Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and fellow Michigan Rep. Dan Kildee. Conyers has denied all the allegations, and on Tuesday, wrote the accusations off as "politics".

In the weeks since Buzzfeed broke the story of Conyers settling "a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was sacked because she would not "succumb to [his] sexual advances, '"-a story that also revealed fucked up facts about Congress" unfair sexual harassment reporting system, e.g., the victim of harassment has to pay for her own lawyer but tax payers foot the bill for the Congressman-Conyers has faced two more sexual harassment accusations from former staffers".

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