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06 December 2017, 12:51 | Damon Campbell
Supporters rally, demand due-process for US Rep. Conyers
On Monday, yet another allegation was lodged against Conyers, when a woman who said she worked for the congressman 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.
He is endorsing his son, John Conyers III, to replace him in Congress.
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.
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. He said Ian Conyers has not been "part of the conversations" between Reed, Conyers and his wife, Monica Conyers, regarding the congressman's future. "The other accuser is Grubbs' cousin, the Free Press noted".
Elisa Grubbs made the allegation in an affidavit released late Monday by her attorney, Lisa Bloom.
"My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we're going through now".
Conyers flew home to his district last week and checked into the hospital for what a family consultant said was stress.
"It was sexual harassment, violating my body, propositioning me, inviting me to hotels with the guise of discussing business and then propositioning me for sex", Brown told NBC.
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Conyers also complained that he was not being afforded due process to defend himself, and cited his health problems as another factor in his decision. A few days later, she finally stated she believed Conyers should resign.
The announcement is expected to be made at 10:15AM Tuesday on the "The Mildred Gaddis Show" on 102.7FM in Detroit.
"I think there should be a complete disclosure and revealing to all the citizens in the country what federal legislatures are doing or not doing - and any cost that may have incurred as a result of that", Conyers said.
Rep. John Conyers on Capitol Hill in 1965. Bloom previously represented Hollywood executive Weinstein, who is accused of sexual misconduct by a number of women.
"Whatever (the allegations) are, they are not accurate", he said.
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee took to the House floor to read a letter by Conyers to his colleagues, saying he notified the Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi that he was vacating his seat. Conyers has denied all the allegations, and on Tuesday, wrote the accusations off as "politics".
Conyers, who was first elected in 1964 and went on to become a founding member in 1971 of the Congressional Black Caucus, easily won re-election a year ago to his 27th term in the heavily Democratic district.
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