- Michigan Rep. John Conyers was hospitalized due to ‘stress’
- He is the subject of multiple sexual harassment complaints
- Two Democratic colleagues have called on him to resign Fellow Black Caucus members are also urging him to make a decision on his career
- Conyers was revealed to have paid an accuser who accused him of sexual harassment from offie funds
- Marion Brown spoke out about allegations on Today Show Thursday, thus violating her nondisclosure agreement after her 2015 settlement
- Brown, a single mom-of-two and grandmother, worked for Rep John Conyers for 11 years until her firing
- She alleged that Conyers, who is married, stripped down to his underwear in a Chicago hotel room in 2005 and told her to touch his genitals and ‘satisfy’ him
- Brown alleged that Conyers repeatedly propositioned her for sex, touched and ‘violated’ her in ways that she said made her ‘uncomfortable’
- Conyers, 88, longest-serving member of the House, has denied any wrongdoing and said through his lawyer that he will not resign
- Conyers is facing an Ethics Committee probe
Michigan representative John Conyers was hospitalized Thursday morning for stress as he weathers a sexual harassment scandal and faces pressure to end his 50-year career in Congress.
Conyers, 88, 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’ family say the veteran lawmaker is suffering from stress-related illness.
Sam Riddle, a consultant, told WDIV channel 4, ‘I just spoke with Monica Conyers on the phone and we want you to know that the congressman is resting comfortably in an area hospital. He’s doing OK, as well as he can be expected for a gentleman that’s approaching 90 years of age.’.
Defiant: Conyers, pictured on November 3 outside the Capitol, has denied any wrongdoing and said through his lawyer on Thursday that he has no intention to vacate his elected post
‘The congressman’s health is not what it should be and lot of that is directly attributable to this media assault,’ The Hill reported.
‘He won’t be coming out’ to address reporters, Riddle said.
‘His wife Monica is by his side,’ he said.
‘These serial accusers have done this before. We’re used to it. We don’t condone sexual harassment on any level.But we hope that you will pray for the congressman’s good health and we hope and we hope that you will also understand that there is a bitter double edged sword to those that would accuse especially, when they’re serial accusers,’ Riddle told reporters at the hospital.
He called for the media to spend its time going after ‘known pedophiles.’
Conyers, who House minority leader Nancy Pelosi called an ‘icon’ on Sunday, was forced to step down from the top Democratic spot on the Judiciary Committee this week while facing mounting harassment allegations.
Fellow Democrats in the Congressional Black Caucus privately urging him to resign from the House of Representatives.
Conyers boarded a flight home to Detroit alongside his wife by on Tuesday afternoon as sexual harassment allegations against him continue to mount
The group’s chairman, Rep. Cedric Richmond, says he and the Michigan congressman had a ‘candid conversation about the seriousness of the allegations against him.’
‘Any decision to resign from office before the ethics investigation is complete is John’s decision to make,’ Richmond said in a statement after the meeting.
Reps. Kathleen Rice of New York and Pramila Jayapal of Washington, both Democrats, have publicly called for Conyers to quit.
Conyers is facing an Ethics Committee probe after the harassment allegations emerged.
A former aide to the Democratic lawmaker who had received a settlement after accusing the Democrat of sexual harassment, and was later fired, broke her silence for the first time on Thursday, claiming that the veteran lawmaker ‘violated’ her body and asked her to find other women to sexually satisfy him.
Marion Brown, a single mother of two grown daughters and a grandmother, appeared on the Today Show with her lawyer to detail her history with the 88-year-old representative from Detroit, for whom she had work for 11 years.
‘It was sexual harassment, violating my body, propositioning me, inviting me to hotels with the guise of discussing business and propositioning for sex,’ Brown told Savannah Guthrie. ‘He just violated my body, he’s touched me in different ways. It was very uncomfortable and very unprofessional.’
Just a few hours after Brown’s explosive interview aired, Conyers’ family announced the congressman was hospitalized for a ‘stress-related illness.’
Calls for the Michigan Representative have grown even louder after former staffer Deanna Maher (pictured right), 77, said he made unwanted sexual advances in 1997
Accuser speaks out: Marion Brown, an ex-aide to Rep John Conyers, appears on Today Show Thursday to detail allegations of sexual misconduct against her former boss
Rising her voice: Brown tells Savannah Guthrie that she decided to violate her NDA for the sake of her daughters and granddaughter
Conyers, the longest-serving member of the House, has denied any wrongdoing and said through his lawyer on Thursday that he has no intention to vacate his elected post, even though some top Democrats have been pressing him to leave.
In her interview on Today, Brown described one specific instance, which allegedly took place in a Chicago hotel room in 2005, in which she said the married legislator undressed down to his underwear in front of her and bluntly propositioned her for sex.
‘He asked me to satisfy to him sexually. He pointed to genital areas of his body and asked me to touch him.
‘I was frozen shocked. I didn’t want to lose my job, I didn’t want to upset him. Also, he asked me to find other people that would satisfy him. I just tried to escape. I did tell him that I was not going to do that and I did not feel comfortable.’
Brown is one of several women who have recently come out accusing the veteran member of the House of sexual misconduct.
A third John Conyers accuser has come forward. BUT Democrat leader blurts out, “I just heard of a FIFTH”
Three or five sexual harassment accusers for Democrat “icon” John Conyers?
Who can keep count anymore…Democrat leaders certainly cannot.
According to CNN, a third accuser has come forward, alleging Conyers made unwanted sexual advances towards her while working in his Detroit office…
Deanna Maher told CNN that Conyers made three sexual advances toward her when she worked for him in his district office in Detroit from 1997 to 2005.
Maher says she considered telling her story over the years, but never went on the record with it until now. The Detroit-News first published her allegations Tuesday based on an interview she gave the newspaper this week. She told CNN last week that the societal moment of reckoning on issues of sexual harassment and abuse of power across the country that gave her the confidence that she would finally be believed.
“For the young people that Conyers continually brought in…I can’t forget them. I cannot forget them,” Maher told CNN. “I saw all the lives that were impacted by the system. I call it ‘system’ in Capitol Hill, of how these members protect each other.”
When asked what his thoughts were about the third allegation, Assistant Democratic Leader and the third-ranking Democrat Rep. Jim Clyburn replied he “just heard of a fifth.”
Meanwhile, according to The Gateway Pundit, the Congressional Black Caucus is turning their back on Conyers…
Democrat leadership can’t keep up with all the allegations against Conyers. The confusion comes amid reports that members of the Congressional Black Caucus are pushing the embattled Congressman to resign.
“Those members are trying to ease his exit without trampling on his legacy during his 50-plus years in the House. Conyers, a Michigan Democrat, is the longest currently serving member of the House of Representatives,” reports CNN’s Deirdre Walsh and Manu Raju.