A cousin of a staffer who accused Rep. John Conyers of sexual harassment says the woman’s claims are true — and the pol harassed her, too, an affidavit released Monday says.
Elisa Grubbs, who says she worked for Conyers (D-Mich.) from 2001 to 2013, released the statement through lawyer Lisa Bloom on Twitter.
The affidavit backs up the statements Grubbs’ cousin Marion Brown previously made and details years of alleged sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior from the pol.
Conyers is expected to announce Tuesday that he will not be seeking reelection, according to his brother’s grandson Ian Conyers, who is planning to run for the 88-year-old’s seat.
“He is not resigning. He is going to retire,” Ian Conyers told the New York Times. “His doctor advised him that the rigor of another campaign would be too much for him just in terms of his health.”
Arnold Reed, attorney for Rep. John Conyers, holds up an image of Conyers and Marion Brown, one of the two women accusing the congressman of inappropriate behavior, as he addresses the media in Detroit on Dec. 1.
Conyers, who faces pressure to resign, has stepped down from the Judiciary Committee amid several allegations of sexual harassment.
According to Grubbs’ affidavit, Conyers called her and Brown the “Big Leg Cousins,” and once came out of the bathroom of his home completely naked in front of Grubbs. He also allegedly slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs as they sat in the front row of a church, she claimed.
“This is the first of several affidavits I will be releasing describing allegations that you sexually harassed staffers and covered up complaints,” Bloom tweeted. “My client Marion Brown asks only for an acknowledgment and apology.”
With Jessica Chia