Representative John Conyers Jr, who faces allegations that he sexually harassed former employees, announced on Tuesday (Dec 5) that he will leave Congress immediately, and he endorsed his son, John Conyers III, to replace him.
Last week, Marion Brown, a woman with whom Conyers had settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2005, appeared on NBC's "Today" show and said Conyers had "violated" her body, propositioned her for sex and touched her inappropriately.
In the weeks since Buzzfeed broke the story of Conyers settling "a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was sacked because she would not "succumb to [his] sexual advances, '"-a story that also revealed fucked up facts about Congress" unfair sexual harassment reporting system, e.g., the victim of harassment has to pay for her own lawyer but tax payers foot the bill for the Congressman-Conyers has faced two more sexual harassment accusations from former staffers".
The House Ethics Committee is reviewing allegations of harassment against John Conyers. Court documents also revealed that another staffer in 2007 filed - and later dropped - a lawsuit against Conyers, claiming that the lawmaker sexually harassed her in 2015 and 2016, while she was working for him.
At the time, Reed said that it would be up to Conyers, and not other politicians, whether he ended a almost 53-year-long career in Congress. Conyers - a figure who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and employed Rosa Parks - was first elected in 1964. It featured about a dozen speakers and lasted a little more than an hour. "Why is it that John Conyers is the only individual to be denied due process?"
Conyers's legacy was a complicating factor for his CBC colleagues as they weighed how to respond to the misconduct allegations.
Elisa Grubbs made the allegation in an affidavit released by her attorney, Lisa Bloom. He has already stepped aside from his position as ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
"It is apparent that if we're going to raise this unholy and unlawful guillotine, calling for the head of John Conyers, then in fairness we must begin with the president of the United States".
Grubbs also said she repeatedly saw Conyers touching and stroking the legs and buttocks of other female staffers.
Conyers became an icon during the civil rights movement.
At least two other women who worked for him have accused him of sexual misconduct.
He added that he believed his great-uncle's constituents in MI would continue to support him and the rest of the family "as we continue to fight, as we have for leading up to a century".
The furor over Conyers unfolded as the sexual misconduct allegations against Franken and Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore sent members of both parties rushing to choose sides. "They are not true and I think they are something that I can't explain where they came from".