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Rep. John Conyers won't seek re-election in wake of sexual harassment claims

Rep. John Conyers won't seek re-election in wake of sexual harassment claims

The elder Mr. Conyers plans to call into "The Mildred Gaddis Show", a local radio program, to make the announcement, the younger Mr. Conyers said.

Separately, Melanie Sloan, a lawyer who worked with Conyers on the Judiciary Committee, accused him of being "increasingly abusive" to her, behavior she said wasn't "sexual harassment" but "sexual discrimination". "He is going to retire", Ian Conyers told The New York Times.

In the latest turn in the case, another accuser, Elisa Grubbs, says Conyers slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs while she was sitting next to him in the front row of a church.

Conyers flew home to his district last week and checked into the hospital for what a family consultant said was stress. When sexual-misconduct allegations surface in the private sector, a boss really can say "You're fired" - as Matt Lauer, Charlie Rose and others can attest. The committee's website lists Conyers still as a member.

Ian Conyers told the newspaper that his great-uncle - the longest-serving current U.S. House member - "is not resigning".

The younger Mr. Conyers said that despite the accusations, he believes MI voters will reward his family's work in politics by electing him. The New York Times was first to report the story.

United Kingdom consumers face sharpest price rise in services for almost a decade
Moreover, the rate of prices charged inflation was the second-fastest seen since the survey began in 1996. A PMI covering the bloc's dominant service industry soared to a six-month high of 56.2 from October's 55.

The congressman was the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee before he stepped down last week. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said he should resign, calling the allegations against him "serious, disappointing and very credible".

Conyers, however, has steadfastly denied the claims, saying he hasn't harassed anyone and that the $27,000 payment to former staffer Marion Brown - who broke a non-disclosure agreement by speaking publicly last week - was a severance payment to her for her years of service, not as an any admission he did anything wrong.

Conyers is among a number of prominent men in politics, entertainment and journalism who have been accused of sexual misconduct in the wake of explosive allegations against former Hollywood executive Harvey Weinstein.

Congress has been reviewing policies on how to handle sexual harassment complaints after a string of cases involving prominent figures in the US media, Hollywood and politics.

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.


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