DETROIT (AP) — Michigan Rep. John Conyers was hospitalized in Detroit on Thursday as a former aide publicly accused him of sexual harassment, telling NBC’s “Today” show that she was fired for rejecting advances from the longest-serving member of the U.S. House.
Marion Brown, 61, said the Democratic congressman propositioned her for sex multiple times over more than a decade. She said she stayed on the job because she needed to support her family and found the work rewarding.
“It was sexual harassment … violating my body,” she said. “Propositioning me. Inviting me to hotels with the guise of discussing business and then propositioning me … for sex.”
Conyers, meanwhile, was in a Detroit hospital, political consultant and family friend Sam Riddle told The Associated Press. Riddle said the information came from Conyers’ wife, Monica. He said he didn’t know Conyers’ medical condition or why he went to the hospital.
“We just pray for the congressman’s recovery,” Riddle said.
Brown broke a confidentiality agreement to tell her story to “Today.” The Associated Press left messages seeking comment from Conyers’ lawyer, who has said the 88-year-old congressman will fight the misconduct allegations.
Last week, BuzzFeed News reported Conyers had settled a complaint in 2015 for $27,000 …read more
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