Democrat Representative John Conyers just announced that he would retire after this term, but it looks like he will have to resign after this new allegation.
Another woman who worked for Conyers is accusing him of touching her inappropriately “by stroking and rubbing my thighs” in church and appearing naked before her.
Elisa Grubbs, who said she worked for Conyers from 2001-13, claims she also witnessed him touching and stroking the legs and buttocks of Marion Brown, Grubbs’ cousin, and other female employees of the congressman on “multiple occasions.”
“When Rep. Conyers would inappropriately touched me like this, my eyes would pop out and I would be stunned in disbelief,” Grubbs wrote in an affidavit posted on Twitter by Brown’s attorney, Lisa Bloom.
On another occasion, she was at Conyers’ home when he emerged from the bathroom naked, she said. Grubbs ran out of the house.
Calls for his resignation reached the highest levels of House leadership last week, as Brown and another accuser went public detailing his alleged misconduct.
Conyers has been in hot water for weeks now as accusation after accusation has come out, and they have been not only damaging, they have been weird.
CNN reported that a former top aide to Democratic Rep. John Conyers said it wasn’t uncommon for staffers to see the congressman in his underwear. One former employee, Melanie Sloan, also came forward with allegations last month, including one instance where Rep. Conyers called her to his office when he was in his underwear.
“I was pretty taken aback to see my boss half-dressed,” she told The Washington Post. “I turned on my heel and I left.”
Bob Weiner, who served as Conyers’ communications director from 1994 to 2000, spoke to reporters and photographers assembled outside the Congressman’s office, disputing Sloan’s allegations.
“Something else that people need to know: his closet is in his office right here. He changes clothes in his office. Most of us have walked in on him accidentally without knocking and have seen him in his underwear.”
I would think after the second time someone just walked in, he would lock a door!
BuzzFeed reported that multiple former staff members allege Conyers has repeatedly made sexual advances toward female staff.
One former employee said Conyers repeatedly asked her for sexual favors and often asked her to join him in a hotel room.
On one occasion, she alleges that Conyers asked her to “work out of his room” for the evening, but when she arrived the congressman started talking about his sexual desires. She alleged he then told her she needed to “touch it,” in reference to his penis, or find him a woman who would meet his sexual demands.
She alleged Conyers made her work nights, evenings, and holidays to keep him company.
In another incident, the former employee alleged the congressman insisted she stay in his room while they traveled together for a fundraising event. When she told him that she would not stay with him, she alleged he told her to “just cuddle up with me and caress me before you go.”
Another former staffer, Deanna Maher, told CNN that Conyers made three sexual advances toward her when she worked for him in his district office in Detroit from 1997 to 2005.
Three other staff members provided affidavits submitted to the Office Of Compliance that outlined a pattern of behavior from Conyers that included touching the woman in a sexual manner and growing angry when she brought her husband around.
Those accusations included requests for sexual favors, contacting and transporting other women with whom they believed Conyers was having affairs, caressing their hands sexually, and rubbing their legs and backs in public.
If Conyers were to step down, it would mark a dramatic fall for the longest-serving active member of Congress and a man who marched with Martin Luther King Jr. and employed Rosa Parks.
Conyers has already resigned as ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, where he had served as chair or ranking member since 1995.
Conyers does seem to have the support of his wife. Monica Conyers wasn’t in a talkative mood as the media camped outside her house looking for her embattled husband, U.S. Rep. John Conyers, D-Detroit.
As she was leaving the family’s house last month, Monica Conyers said: “I’ll make a comment when you all disclose to me who has made the allegations.’’
I think he is a goner! We can only hope!
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