Another accuser comes forward as Conyers announcement looms

Another accuser comes forward as Conyers announcement looms

Another accuser comes forward as Conyers announcement looms

Conyers, 88, confirmed the news on the Mildred Gaddis radio show, calling in from a hospital in Detroit recovering for a stress-related illness.

A cousin of a staffer who accused Rep. John Conyers of sexual harassment says the woman's claims are true - and the pol harassed her, too, an affidavit released Monday says.

The move comes amid numerous calls, including from Democratic leadership, for Conyers to step down in light of allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment against him.

Conyers said he did not feel as if he was given due process regarding the allegations, but that it doesn't come as a shock to him, having gone through this with others and worked in the area of constitutional issues and due process in particular for many years.

"Given the totality of the circumstance of not being afforded the right of due process in conjunction with current health conditions and to preserve my legacy and good name, I am retiring".

Conyers' attorney Arnold Reed told the Detroit Free Press Grubbs' allegations are "another instance of tomfoolery from the mouth of Harvey Weinstein's attorney". "Nancy Pelosi did not elect the congressman, and she sure as hell won't be the one to tell the congressman to leave".

Rep. John Conyers on Capitol Hill in 1965.

'The allegations against congressman Conyers as we have learned more since Sunday are serious, disappointing and very credible, ' said Pelosi, a California representative who notably did not call for Conyers to go during a Sunday appearance on NBC's 'Meet the Press'.

Conyers is expected to make the announcement on a local radio show, the New York Times reported citing a relative.

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. We don't condone sexual harassment on any level, ' he said.

News of Conyers' departure comes amid a firestorm of sexual misconduct allegations made against other members of Congress, including Sen.

"My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we're going through now", said the congressman, who has denied any wrongdoing.

"There's been no discussion of that", Reed told HLN television, saying the settlement was "cleared by ethics attorneys".

'It's very sad. The fearless women who came forward are owed justice, ' Pelosi continued at a Capitol press conference. Since then, other prominent Democrats have urged the same.

The specter of sexual misconduct is also overshadowing a high-stakes US Senate race in Alabama.

After distancing itself from the candidate, the Republican National Committee followed suit, announcing it is helping fund Moore's campaign for next Tuesday's special election.

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