Conyers retires amid firestorm of sexual harassment allegations from several women

  • Conyers retires amid firestorm of sexual harassment allegations from several women

Conyers retires amid firestorm of sexual harassment allegations from several women

Embattled Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, has announced Tuesday that he is retiring and has endorsed his son, John Conyers III to run for his seat.

John Conyers returned to Detroit from Washington last week and was hospitalized on Wednesday after complaining that he felt light-headed.

Conyers last month stepped down from his position as the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee after acknowledging that in 2015 he settled a wrongful dismissal complaint, though the congressman denied the sexual misconduct accusations against him.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dug herself into a hole when she defended Conyers on Meet The Press.

Another woman has come forward claiming with sexual misconduct allegations against Rep.

Word of Conyers' resignation was met with sadness among House Democrats, even though many had called on him to step down.

Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan also called on Conyers to resign.

Firmly ensconced in his House seat, Conyers remained a reliable left-wing vote.

The news comes after Conyers' great-nephew, 29-year old MI state Senator Ian Conyers, told CBS News' Jonathan Blakely he would be running for the elder Conyers' seat.

Conyers has been facing calls to step down since it was revealed last month he paid a cash settlement out of office funds to a woman who claims he sexually harassed her.

The sexual harassment allegations against Conyers surfaced November 20 after BuzzFeed News reported he settled a wrongful dismissal complaint with an employee in 2015 for $27,000 in exchange for a confidentiality agreement and that he made advances toward female staffers, including requests for sexual favors, caressing their hands in a "sexually suggestive" way, and rubbing their legs and backs in an inappropriate manner while in the office or in public.

"This is about much more than one congressman", Grubbs' attorney, Lisa Bloom, said in an email after Conyers resigned.

Grubbs also said she repeatedly saw Conyers touching and stroking the legs and buttocks of other female staffers.

At least two other women who worked for him have accused him of sexual misconduct.

Conyers' potential resignation was raised in a statement by Congressional Black Caucus Chairman Cedric Richmond, D-La.

In April 1968, four days after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., Conyers introduced the first bill proposing a holiday in his honor.

His accuser, former aide Marion Brown, recently told NBC's "Today" show that Conyers touched her inappropriately and invited her to a Chicago hotel room to discuss business before propositioning her for sex.

Conyers became an icon during the civil rights movement. "They are not true and I think they are something that I can't explain where they came from". Another woman alleges she was sacked by Conyers after she rejected his advances and subsequently settled a wrongful dismissal claim with the congressman.