Published: Wed, November 22, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Rep. John Conyers Paid $27000 to Settle Sexual Harassment Complaint

Rep. John Conyers Paid $27000 to Settle Sexual Harassment Complaint

Following a report Monday night that Representative John Conyers Jr. has faced documented sexual misconduct allegations, the Congressional Black Caucus announced plans to hold sexual harassment training for members after Thanksgiving. Dems seek more transparency on student borrower rule MORE (D-Mich.).

House Speaker Paul Ryan says it's "deeply troubling" that 88-year-old Rep. John Conyers reportedly settled a complaint in 2015 with a female aide who claimed she was sacked after spurning his sexual advances.

BuzzFeed also published affidavits from former staff members who said they had witnessed Conyers touching female staffers inappropriately - rubbing their legs and backs - or requesting sexual favors.

In a statement Tuesday, Ryan did not name Conyers, but called the report "extremely troubling".

Conyers, 88, is the longest-serving member of Congress and the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee.

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Conyers acknowledged the settlement but denies the allegations.

The statement continued: "The CBC has been made aware of some very serious and disturbing allegations against our colleague John Conyers, as well as his statement emphatically denying these allegations". "To the extent the House determines to look further at these issues, I will fully cooperate with an investigation".

John Conyers, is described as a serial sexual harasser who would prey on his female staffers in sworn affidavits signed by four of his former staffers. Conyers is the first African American in Congress to hold the distinction of dean, meaning he is a senior member.

"Last month, I directed the Committee on House Administration to conduct a full review of all policies and procedures related to workplace harassment and discrimination", the Wisconsin Republican said.

The woman at the heart of the story, who has chosen to remain anonymous, said she was sacked for refusing his sexual advances and faced an uphill battle which ended in her signing a confidentiality settlement in exchange for $27,000.

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"I have been looking at these things in amazement", Conyers said, referring to allegations of sexual harassment and assault being made against politicians and others.

Her case concluded with a in 2015 under the confidentiality agreement, according to BuzzFeed, which said the settlement money came from Conyers' office budget and not a congressional fund used for settlements.

News of the settlement comes amid a growing number of sexual harassment claims involving public figures in Hollywood, the media and politics. "People who work in the House deserve and are entitled to a workplace without harassment or discrimination". In her statement, Pelosi again offered support for new legislation to revamp the process for filing harassment claims on Capitol Hill led by California Democratic Rep. Jackie Speier.

BuzzFeed said it received the documents from right-wing activist Mike Cernovich, but had independently confirmed their authenticity.

The report shines light on the opaque and complicated process for employees who file harassment or discrimination complaints on Capitol Hill.

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