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Politics Woman says Rep. Conyers groped her while they were in church

13:22  05 december  2017
13:22  05 december  2017 Source:   ap.org

Nancy Pelosi: Rep. Conyers deserves 'due process'

  Nancy Pelosi: Rep. Conyers deserves 'due process' House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi urged "due process" before making conclusions about Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., following accusations of sexual harassment."We are strengthened by due process. Just because someone is accused - and was it one accusation? Is it two?" Pelosi said on "Meet The Press.

A woman who says she worked for U.S. Rep . John Conyers for more than a decade says he slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs while she was sitting

A woman who says she worked for U.S. Rep . John Conyers for more than a decade says he slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs while she was sitting. She also said that she saw Conyers touching and stroking the legs and buttocks of Brown and other female staffers on "multiple occasions."

FILE - In this May 24, 2016, file photo, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington during a hearing. When sexual-misconduct allegations surface in the private sector, a boss really can say © The Associated Press FILE - In this May 24, 2016, file photo, Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington during a hearing. When sexual-misconduct allegations surface in the private sector, a boss really can say "You're fired" - as Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and others can attest. In the political world, it's never that simple. Conyers, facing sexual misconduct allegations, has refused to step down even after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi urged the veteran Democrat from Detroit to do so. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

DETROIT — A woman who says she worked for U.S. Rep. John Conyers for more than a decade says he slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs while she was sitting next to him in the front row of a church.

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DETROIT (AP) — A woman who says she worked for U.S. Rep . John Conyers for more than a decade says he slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs while she was sitting next to him in the front row of a church . Elisa Grubbs made the allegation in an affidavit released late Monday by

A woman who says she worked for U.S. Rep . John Conyers for more than a decade says he slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs while she was sitting next to Reed has said that Conyers ' health would be the paramount consideration in whether he decides to step down from his House seat.

Elisa Grubbs made the allegation in an affidavit released late Monday by her attorney, Lisa Bloom. Grubbs is the cousin of another accuser, Marion Brown, who reached a confidential settlement with Conyers over sexual harassment allegations but broke a confidentiality agreement to speak publicly last week.

Bloom posted Grubbs' affidavit on Twitter and confirmed to The Associated Press that it was genuine.

The new details of the allegation emerged as Conyers is expected to speak on a Detroit radio show Tuesday morning about his political future, according to his attorney, Arnold Reed. The 88-year-old Democrat is the longest-serving current House member.

Conyers returned to Detroit from Washington last week and was hospitalized on Wednesday after complaining of feeling light-headed.

Former top staffer accuses Conyers of inappropriate touching

  Former top staffer accuses Conyers of inappropriate touching A former deputy chief of staff said Rep. John Conyers made an unwanted sexual advance toward her and touched her inappropriately twice in the late 1990s, the Detroit News reported Tuesday, in the latest sexual misconduct allegations against the veteran lawmaker.Deanna Maher, 77, who ran a Michigan office for Conyers from 1997 to 2005, told The Detroit News that there were three instances of inappropriate conduct.She says the first was in 1997, when she rejected his offer to share a hotel room and have sex.The others involved unwanted touching in a car in 1998 and unwanted touching of her legs under her dress in 1999.

DETROIT — A woman who says she worked for U.S. Rep . John Conyers for more than a decade says he slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs while she was Grubbs’ affidavit says that she worked for Conyers in various capacities from approximately 2001 to about 2013.

Grubbs’ affidavit says that she worked for Conyers in various capacities from approximately 2001 to about 2013. “ 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 ,” Grubbs said . “I was startled and sprang to my feet and exclaimed

Reed has said that Conyers' health would be the paramount consideration in whether he decides to step down from his House seat. He has already stepped aside from his position as ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Grubbs' affidavit says that she worked for Conyers in various capacities from approximately 2001 to about 2013.

"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," Grubbs said. "I was startled and sprang to my feet and exclaimed, 'He just ran his hand up my thigh!' Other staffers witnessed the event."

She also said that she saw Conyers touching and stroking the legs and buttocks of Brown and other female staffers on "multiple occasions."

Grubbs said witnessing such harassment "was a regular part of life while working in the office of Rep. Conyers."

One time when Grubbs was at Conyers home, she said he came out of the bathroom naked when he knew she was in the room.

Conyers' attorney Arnold Reed told the Detroit Free Press that the allegations by Grubbs are "another instance of tomfoolery from the mouth of Harvey Weinstein's attorney." Bloom previously represented Hollywood executive Weinstein, who is accused of sexual misconduct by a number of women. She quit Weinstein's team after the allegations became public and now represents sexual harassment victims.

A number of Conyers' colleagues in the House, including House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, have called for him to resign. The House Ethics Committee is investigating the allegations.

But some Detroit elected leaders and community activists rallied on Monday to support Conyers, saying he deserves due process and should not be forced out of office.

Conyers' son was accused of domestic abuse but not charged, report says .
John Conyers III, the son of scandalized Rep. John Conyers, was arrested in Los Angeles on suspicion of domestic abuse earlier this year but not charged, NBC News reported Wednesday.Conyers III, 27, was arrested on Feb. 15 after his girlfriend called the police. The unidentified woman said the younger Conyers accused her of cheating on him, then "body slammed her on the bed and then on the floor where he pinned her down and spit on her," according to a district attorney's report quoted by NBC News. The woman claimed that Conyers III took her phone when she tried to call police, chased her into the kitchen and swung a knife at her, resulting in a cut on her arm.

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