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Conyers won't seek re-election amid sexual harassment claims

Conyers won't seek re-election amid sexual harassment claims

Ian Conyers told the New York Times the congressman's doctor "advised him that the rigor of another campaign would be too much for him, just in terms of his health".

"Rep. Conyers slid his hand up my skirt and rubbed my thighs while I was sitting next to him in the front row of a church", she said in an affidavit published late Monday by her attorney Lisa Bloom.

Brown settled a complaint in 2015 with Conyers over the allegations, according to her attorney, the AP reported.

A dozen House Democrats have called on the representative to step down as Congress looks into sexual misconduct allegations levied against him.

Ian Conyers, 29, the grandson of Rep. Conyers' brother, confirmed the news by phone with ABC News early Tuesday.

Conyers' attorney Arnold Reed told the Detroit Free Press Grubbs' allegations are "another instance of tomfoolery from the mouth of Harvey Weinstein's attorney".




Conyers was rushed to a hospital just as a former aide broke her silence for the first time and spoke on the record about her accusations Conyers sexually harassed her.

Conyers, the longest-serving active member of the House, left Washington last Tuesday amid reports that some other members of the Congressional Black Caucus, which he co-founded, were urging him to resign to protect his legacy as a civil rights icon.

Conyers' family say the veteran lawmaker is suffering from stress-related illness. In the political world, it's never that simple.

The announcement is expected to be made at 10:15AM Tuesday on the "The Mildred Gaddis Show" on 102.7FM in Detroit. But following the mounting allegations of sexual harassment, he has faced growing calls to resign from colleagues in the House, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. He has already stepped aside from his position as ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Over the last two weeks, Conyers has been accused of sexual harassment or other improper behavior by at least six former female members of his staff and of making a payment of more than $27,000 in taxpayer-backed office funds to settle one of those claims.

Congress has been reviewing policies on how to handle sexual harassment complaints after a string of cases involving prominent figures in the USA media, Hollywood and politics.


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