Rep. Conyers settled complaint over sexual conduct

Sergio Conner
November 21, 2017

Rep. John ConyersJohn James ConyersBipartisan duo offer criminal justice reform legislation Voter suppression, the blueprint to a broken democracy Trump's North Korea strategy requires an intervention from Congress MORE (D-Mich.), the longest-serving current House member, reportedly settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 after a former employee accused him of firing her for resisting his "sexual advances".

The woman who settled with Conyers ended up entering into a confidential agreement in exchange for a $27,111 settlement.

Now Buzzfeed has reported that Democratic Rep. John Conyers of MI settled a complaint of wrongful termination from a women who claims she was sacked for turning down his alleged sexual advances.

They allegedly included requests for sexual favors, contacting and transporting women with whom they believed Conyers was having affairs, and rubbing their legs and backs in public. "There was nowhere I could go", she said.

She alleged Conyers made her work nights, evenings, and holidays to keep him company.

The alleged victim told BuzzFeed she "was basically blackballed" over the incident. When she told him that she would not stay with him, she alleged he told her to "just cuddle up with me and caress me before you go".

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The Buzzfeed News report said Conyers paid the woman $27,000 to settle the complaint with a confidentiality agreement.

The speaker's statement didn't mention Conyers' name.

Conyers entered the House in 1965 and is now its longest-serving member. He was lauded by Martin Luther King Jr. and is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

Conyers did not admit fault as part of the settlement.

One former female employee filed a complaint with the Congressional Office Of Compliance in 2014, alleging that she was sacked for rebuffing Conyers' sexual advances.

According to Buzzfeed, the money in this case came from Conyers' budget, not the pool of $17 million paid from the Office of Compliance's budget for various allegations since 1997, as previously reported by The Washington Post. His office did not respond to multiple requests for comment from BuzzFeed on Monday.

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