The latest former staffer to come forward with accusations of sexual harassment against Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan claims the congressman slid his hand up her skirt while the pair were attending church.
Attorney Lisa Bloom, who is representing the first former staffer to levy harassment allegations against Conyers, publicized an affidavit signed by former staffer Elisa Grubbs Monday evening, detailing new allegations against the longest-serving member of congress.
Congressman Conyers: women who worked for you deserved better.
This is the first of several affidavits I will be releasing describing allegations that you sexually harassed staffers and covered up complaints.
My client Marion Brown asks only for an acknowledgement and apology. pic.twitter.com/Shfh1dMXd2
— Lisa Bloom (@LisaBloom) December 5, 2017
Grubbs, who claims to have worked for Conyers form 2001 to 2013, describes witnessing Conyers inappropriately touching Marion Brown, the first former staffer to accuse Conyers, and claims he once slid his hand up her skirt while at church.
Conyers’ fellow Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, have called on him to resign. The embattled Michigan lawmaker obliged his colleagues Tuesday morning, announcing that he would not run for reelection and endorsing his son to replace him on a local Detroit radio show.
Conyers’ attorney, Arnold Reed, dismissed the latest allegations citing Grubbs’ familial ties to Brown. Reed called Grubbs’ claims “another instance of tomfoolery from the mouth of Harvey Weinstein’s attorney,” referencing Blooms’ past work for accused serial sexual predator Harvey Weinstein.
In the affidavit Grubbs said, “When Rep. Conyers inappropriately touched me like this, my eyes would pop out and I would be stunned in disbelief” and described witnessing Conyers’ predatory behavior as a “regular part of life while working” in his office.
Conyers has been accused of a range of sexual transgressions by at least six other women, some of whom described Conyers’ alleged penchant for showing up to meetings in his underwear.
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