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

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

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

Besieged by allegations of sexual harassment, Democratic Rep. John Conyers resigned from Congress on Tuesday, bringing an abrupt end to the civil rights leader's almost 53-year career on Capitol Hill.

Conyers, 88, made the announcement in an interview with a Detroit radio station.

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.

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.

John Conyers told a Detroit area radio show that he'll step down from his seat in Congress Tuesday and publicly endorsed his son to replace him once he leaves Capitol Hill.

"Seattle's Rep. Pramila Jayapal, who served with Conyers on the House Judiciary Committee, demanded his resignation a week ago, saying there should be "'zero tolerance' for sexual harassment".

On Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reversed course Thursday and said embattled Rep. John Conyers should resign from Congress.

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

Ian Conyers told the newspaper that his great-uncle - the longest-serving current U.S. House member - "is not resigning". He returned home from Washington, D.C. Tuesday night.

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.

Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) holds a news conference on H.R.1962, the "Free Flow of Information Act of 2013", May 22, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Bloom posted Grubbs' affidavit on Twitter and confirmed to The Associated Press that it was genuine. A few days later, she finally stated she believed Conyers should resign. "I was startled and sprang to my feet and exclaimed, 'He just ran his hand up my thigh!' Other staffers witnessed the event".

Grubbs also claimed that Conyers "walked out of his bathroom, knowing she was in the room", when they were at his house.

She also said that she saw Conyers touching and stroking the legs and buttocks of Brown and other female staffers on "multiple occasions".

Conyers is one of four sitting United States lawmakers hit by allegations of sexual misconduct in the wake of the claims targeting movie mogul Harvey Weinstein, which triggered a torrent of accusations against powerful figures in the worlds of entertainment, media and politics.

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