The Latest: Ex-Conyers staffer claims years of harassment

0
The Latest: Ex-Conyers staffer claims years of harassment
The Latest: Ex-Conyers staffer claims years of harassment

DETROIT (AP) – The Latest on allegations of sexual misconduct against Rep. John Conyers (all times local):

8:40 a.m.

A woman who alleges she was fired because she rejected Congressman John Conyers’ sexual advances has told NBC’s “Today” show that the longest-serving member of the U.S. House subjected her to years of sexual harassment.

Marion Brown said Thursday that the Democrat propositioned her for sex multiple times over more than a decade. She says she stayed on the job because she needed to support her family and found the work rewarding.

The Associated Press left messages Thursday seeking comment from Conyers’ lawyer, who has said the 88-year-old will fight the misconduct allegations.

Last week, BuzzFeed News reported Conyers had settled a complaint in 2015 for $27,000 from a female staffer who alleged she was fired because she rejected his sexual advances.

Brown’s lawyer, Lisa Bloom, confirmed to The Associated Press after the NBC interview aired that Brown was that former employee.

___

1:30 a.m.

An attorney for U.S. Rep. John Conyers says the 88-year-old lawmaker will fight allegations of sexual misconduct involving former female staff members.

Arnold Reed tells The Associated Press that Conyers is innocent and has no plans to resign. Reed adds that anyone making inappropriate touching or other claims against the Detroit Democrat should be prepared to back them up.

BuzzFeed News reported last week that Conyers settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was fired because she rejected his sexual advances. It says Conyers’ office paid out more than $27,000 in the confidential settlement.

Another former employee, Deanna Maher, said Tuesday that in 1997 Conyers undressed to his underwear in front of her and twice touched her leg inappropriately.

The House Ethics Committee is investigating Conyers.

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., leaves his home Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Detroit. Rep. Conyers is being pressured by some in Washington to resign. Rep. Conyers recently stepped down from his post as top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee after facing allegations of sexual harassment by former staffers. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Monica Conyers, wife of Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., speaks to the media outside her home Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Detroit. Rep. Conyers is being pressured by some in Washington to resign. Rep. Conyers recently stepped down from his post as top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee after facing allegations of sexual harassment by former staffers. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Monica Conyers, wife of Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., speaks to the media outside her home Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Detroit. Rep. Conyers is being pressured by some in Washington to resign. Rep. Conyers recently stepped down from his post as top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee after facing allegations of sexual harassment by former staffers. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Monica Conyers, wife of Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., speaks to the media outside her home Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, in Detroit. Rep. Conyers is being pressured by some in Washington to resign. Rep. Conyers recently stepped down from his post as top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee after facing allegations of sexual harassment by former staffers. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
In this photo provided by Dennis Lennox, Democratic Rep. John Conyers, the longest serving member of the House, is seen on a plane to Detroit on Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017. Conyers missed two roll call votes in the House Tuesday night and was photographed by a passenger boarding a Delta Airlines flight to Detroit. Conyers is accused of sexual misconduct by a former staffer. (Dennis Lennox/Twitter via AP)
Advertisements