John Conyers denies sexual harassment allegations, Michigan Democrats quiet

John Conyers denies sexual harassment allegations, Michigan Democrats quiet

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".

So far, the Michigan Democratic Party and other Democratic members of Michigan's Congressional delegation haven't publicly responded to the allegations against Conyers. The outlet also linked to of the posted online.

But notable in BuzzFeed's reporting is that unlike other complaints that are settled through the OOC process, the payout for this particular settlement was paid out from Conyers' congressional office budget, instead of the US Treasury fund set up for this goal.

Buzzfeed said it first received the from the right-wing activist Mike Cernovich but independently verified their authenticity with four people connected with the case, including the accuser.

USA politics has recently been hit by several sexual misconduct scandals - Democratic Senator Al Franken stands accused of groping by two women and could face an ethics committee, while Republican senate candidate Roy Moore is reported to have preyed on teenage girls when he was in his thirties.

An unsigned draft of the agreement between the woman and Conyers' office obtained by BuzzFeed denies her allegations. "I strongly support her efforts".

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One Conyers staffer wrote in an of witnessing Conyers rubbing the legs of female staffers in public, in the office, in cars en route to events, and "at times would slide their chairs closer together in order to do so".

In two of the affidavits, former staff members said their job duties included contacting and transporting women for Conyers.

"I was driving the Congressman in my personal auto and was resting my hand on the stick shift".

The process made the former staffer feel "basically blackballed" and having no way to complain out of fear of retribution, she said.

The alleged victim told BuzzFeed she "was basically blackballed" over the incident.

The employee who was sacked said on one occasion, the congressman asked her to work from his hotel room and began talking about his sexual desire, urging her to touch his private part.

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