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Congressman Conyers Resigns Following Sexual Allegations

Congressman John Conyers
Rep. John Conyers

Democratic congressman John Conyers announced Tuesday that he would be stepping down immediately following sexual allegations leveled against him by several women.



The congressman told Detroit area Mildred Gaddis’ radio show that he would resign from U.S. Congress on Tuesday. He becomes the first congressman to resign this year due to nationwide reckoning over work related sexual harassment.

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“I am retiring today,” he said on a radio program. The congressman endorsed his son, John Conyers III to take his place.

“My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in any way by what we’re going through now,” he said. “This too shall pass.”

He called into the radio show from the hospital.



Conyers, 88 is the longest serving current member of congress. He has denied allegations of sexual harassment leveled against him which includes inappropriate touching of female staffers and propositioning them for sex.

“My legacy can’t be compromised or diminished in any way by what we’re going through now,” he said. “This too shall pass.”

On Tuesday, he repeated his denials and called the allegations not accurate.“I can’t explain where they came from,” Conyers said.




Earlier Rep. Conyers announced that he would step down as the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee pending the outcome of the House ethics investigation into the sexual allegations.

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Buzzfeed News reported that the congressman had settled a wrongful complaint in 2005 with Marion Brown who accused him of violating her body. Two other women, Deanna Maher and Melanie Sloan also alleged that Rep. Conyers sexually harassed them.

 

 

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