Rep. Conyers won't seek re-election amid harassment claims

Rep. Conyers won't seek re-election amid harassment claims

A week after the report, second ex-staffer of the congressman also accused him of sexual harassment and several Congressional Black Caucus members urged him to resign.

Overnight into Tuesday morning, a woman who says she worked for Conyers for more than a decade says 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 tweeted Monday that he and the congressman will appear on the 102.7 FM Mildred Gaddis radio show on Tuesday at 10:15 announce the Detroit Democrat's decision on whether he plans to stay in Congress.

Reed said Conyers is most concerned about the impact on his family and his ability to serve constituents while facing sexual harassment allegations. Bloom provided The Associated Press with a copy of the letter.

Elisa Grubbs made the allegation in an affidavit released late Monday by her attorney, Lisa Bloom. Grubbs is the cousin of another accuser, Marion Brown, who previously broke a confidentiality agreement to speak publicly. The controversy began when BuzzFeed reported last month that Conyers' office paid a former staffer a $27,000 settlement after she alleging she fired after rebuffing Conyers' sexual advances.

The group gathered Monday at Hartford Memorial Baptist Church in Detroit for a rally in support of the 88-year-old Detroit Democrat.

Reed said Conyers feels betrayed. Bloom previously represented Hollywood executive Weinstein.

But some Detroit elected leaders and community activists rallied on Monday to support Conyers, saying he deserves due process and should not be forced out of office.

"We have one commonality today and t is called due process", said the Rev. Wendell Anthony, president of the Detroit chapter of the NAACP, according to Kathleen Gray of the Detroit Free Press.

The younger Mr. Conyers said that despite the accusations, he believes MI voters will reward his family's work in politics by electing him.

"We don't mind going to the White House, to the U.S. House of Representatives", Michigan Rep. Sherry Gay-Dagnogo, D-Detroit, said.

A number of Conyers' colleagues in the House, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, have called for him to resign. He is married to Monica Conyers who pleaded guilty in 2009 to conspiracy to commit bribery as a member of the Detroit City Council.

Days later, the congressman stepped down as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee during a congressional ethics probe of the sexual harassment allegations.



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