Another accuser comes forward as Conyers announcement looms

Rep. John Conyers D-Mich. ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington during a hearing

Now facing multiple allegations of sexual harassment, veteran Congressman Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., announced he is retiring today.

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

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 previous year to his 27th term in the heavily Democratic district. "He is going to retire".

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.

The Associated Press left the younger Conyers a message seeking comment Tuesday.

"It is not up to Nancy Pelosi", attorney Arnold Reed told reporters at a news conference late last month.

Those who support Conyers said there's a double standard for African American leaders, citing the ongoing sexual misconduct accusations facing Al Franken.

Conyers, who was first elected in 1964, easily won re-election a year ago in the heavily Democratic 13th District.

"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".


A third woman, Deanna Maher, said Conyers made three sexual advances toward her when she worked for him in his district office in Detroit from 1997 to 2005, CNN reported last week. Another former staff member accused Conyers of sexual misconduct and filed a lawsuit, but dropped the suit when the court refused to seal the case.

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

John Conyers returned to Detroit from Washington last week and was hospitalized on Wednesday after complaining that he felt light-headed.

"It will be Congressman John Conyers who decides what it is he is going to do".

"This is the first of several affidavits I will be releasing describing allegations that you sexually harassed staffers and covered up complaints", Bloom tweeted. Grubbs is the cousin of another accuser, Marion Brown, who previously broke a confidentiality agreement to speak publicly.

Bloom posted Grubbs' affidavit on Twitter and confirmed to The Associated Press that it was genuine. Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan also called on Conyers to resign. He also allegedly slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs as they sat in the front row of a church, she claimed.

Grubbs also said she repeatedly saw Conyers touching and stroking the legs and buttocks of Brown and other female staffers.

Grubbs said witnessing such harassment "was a regular part of life while working in the office of Rep. Conyers".

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