A woman who was a top Democratic lawyer for the House Judiciary Committee has told reporters that U.S. Representative John Conyers (D-MI) once showed up to a meeting wearing nothing but his underwear.
Sloan is the 3rd woman to come forward and accuse Conyers of sexual harassment or worse.
BuzzFeed reported on Monday that Conyers’ office paid a female aide over $27,000 in tax-payer dollars as part of an “agreement” to settle a wrongful-termination suit.
Conyers apparently sued the aide after she wouldn’t sleep with him.
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In an interview with ABC News, Melanie Sloan, a lawyer who worked with Michigan Rep. John Conyers on the House Judiciary Committee, says the congressman was “increasingly abusive” to her and often berated her loudly in public.
She also says on one occasion she “walked into his office having been called up to brief him on something and he was walking around in his underwear.”
Sloan is the third woman to accuse Conyers of impropriety. On Monday, BuzzFeed reported Conyers’ office paid a female aide over $27,000 as part of a confidentiality agreement to settle a wrongful dismissal complaint; Conyers did not admit wrongdoing.
The next day, the outlet reported that in February Conyers’ longtime scheduler filed a federal complaint alleging “sexual advances in the form of inappropriate comments and touches,” but she later abandoned the case after a court denied her request to keep it sealed.
Conyers, the longest-serving member of the U.S. House, has denied all accusations of wrongdoing, and his lawyer released a statement Wednesday night saying the congressman “has no plans to resign” and that he will cooperate with any investigation the House deems necessary.
“Congressman Conyers has always maintained his innocence in the face of these allegations,” Conyers’ attorney Arnold Reed wrote in a statement.
Sloan, a Washington lawyer, was minority counsel to the House Judiciary Committee from 1995 until 1998. She currently serves as a senior adviser to American Oversight, a government watchdog group.
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