Supporters rally, demand due-process for US Rep. Conyers

Rep. John Conyers D-Mich. ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington during a hearing

Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., said he will step down from Congress as of Tuesday, amid allegations of sexual misconduct leveled by multiple women.

On Monday, yet another allegation was lodged against Conyers, when a woman who said she worked for the congressman for more than a decade, Elisa Grubbs, said 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.

In the days following the allegations, Conyers, who is the longest serving current House member, had fiercely denied the allegations against him and vowed to fight to clear his name.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi dug herself into a hole when she defended Conyers on Meet The Press. Court documents also revealed that another staffer in 2007 filed - and later dropped - a lawsuit against Conyers, claiming that the lawmaker sexually harassed her in 2015 and 2016, while she was working for him.

She says the Republican governor has wide discretion as to the timing of the special election.

At the time, Reed said that it would be up to Conyers, and not other politicians, whether he ended a almost 53-year-long career in Congress. Conyers - a figure who marched with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and employed Rosa Parks - was first elected in 1964. More and more women began to speak out against Conyers. State Sen. Ian Conyers, a grandson of Conyers' brother, said he plans to run for the seat.

He acknowledged the settlement but denied any wrongdoing.

"His doctor advised him that the rigor of another campaign would be too much for him just in terms of his health", Ian Conyers said.

"This is the first of several affidavits I will be releasing describing allegations that you sexually harassed staffers and covered up complaints", Bloom tweeted.

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"Oh, absolutely not", Conyers said.

"When Rep. Conyers inappropriately touched me like this", said Grubbs, as reported by the paper, "my eyes would pop out and I would be stunned in disbelief".

Grubbs witnessed assault on other women. "My client Marion Brown asks only for an acknowledgment and apology".

Conyers' district includes parts of Detroit, Dearborn Heights and all of the cities of Ecorse, Garden City, Highland Park, Inkster, Melvindale, Redford, River Rouge, Romulus, Wayne and Westland.

Giving up his spot on the committee was a move that a senior Democratic aide said Pelosi helped orchestrate.

After a 15-year struggle, Conyers succeeded in establishing the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday as a federal holiday in 1986.

Conyers's decision to step aside comes as Congress struggles to explain its secretive process for investigating and settling claims about sexual harassment and other workplace misconduct.

"I think that we lose our moral authority if we also don't call out those we love who have done things that are bad", said Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash.

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