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Now the Sexual Harassment Noose Falls Upon Rep. John Conyers

The sexual harassment allegations continue, with today’s showcase revelations being Charlie Rose and Rep. John Conyers. Over at the Weinstein scandal, upwards of 90 women have come forward, some of whom claimed they were outright raped by the big fat ape.

So you know, Harvey Weinstein is still at large.

This from Buzzfeed tonight — tipped off by Mike Cernovich

Here’s Mike discussing the latest scandal via Periscope.

Michigan Rep. John Conyers, a Democrat and the longest-serving member of the House of Representatives, settled a wrongful dismissal complaint in 2015 with a former employee who alleged she was fired because she would not “succumb to [his] sexual advances.”

Documents from the complaint obtained by BuzzFeed News include four signed affidavits, three of which are notarized, from former staff members who allege that Conyers, the ranking Democrat on the powerful House Judiciary Committee, repeatedly made sexual advances to female staff that included requests for sexual favors, contacting and transporting other women with whom they believed Conyers was having affairs, caressing their hands sexually, and rubbing their legs and backs in public. Four people involved with the case verified the documents are authentic.

And the documents also reveal the secret mechanism by which Congress has kept an unknown number of sexual harassment allegations secret: A grinding, closely held process that left the alleged victim feeling, she told BuzzFeed News, that she had no option other than to stay quiet and accept a settlement offered to her.

“I was basically blackballed. There was nowhere I could go,” she said in a phone interview. BuzzFeed News is withholding the woman’s name at her request, because she said she fears retribution.

Last week the Washington Post reported that the office paid out $17 million for 264 settlements with federal employees over 20 years for various violations, including sexual harassment. The Conyers documents, however, give a glimpse into the inner workings of the Office of Compliance, which has for decades concealed episodes of sexual abuse by powerful political figures

The woman who settled with Conyers launched the complaint in 2014 with Congress’s Office of Compliance alleging that she was fired for refusing his sexual advances and ended up facing a daunting process that ended with a confidentiality agreement in exchange for a $27,111.75 settlement. Her settlement, however, came from Conyers’ office budget rather than the designated fund for settlements.

Congress has no human resources department. Instead, congressional employees have 180 days to report a sexual harassment incident to the Office of Compliance, which then leads to a lengthy process involves counseling, mediation, and requires the signing of a confidentiality agreement before a complaint can go forward.

After this, an employee can choose to take the matter to federal district court, but another avenue is available: an administrative hearing, after which a negotiation and settlement may follow.

In her complaint, the former employee said Conyers repeatedly asked her for sexual favors and often asked her to join him in a hotel room. On one occasion, she alleges that Conyers asked her to work out of his room for the evening, but when she arrived the congressman started talking about his sexual desires. She alleged he then told her she needed to “touch it,” in reference to his penis, or find him a woman who would meet his sexual demands.

She alleged Conyers made her work nights, evenings, and holidays to keep him company.

In another incident, the former employee alleged the congressman insisted she stay in his room while they traveled together for a fundraising event. When she told him that she would not stay with him, she alleged he told her to “just cuddle up with me and caress me before you go.”

“Rep. Conyers strongly postulated that the performing of personal service or favors would be looked upon favorably and lead to salary increases or promotions,” the former employee said in the documents.

Three other staff members provided affidavits submitted to the Office Of Compliance that outlined a pattern of behavior from Conyers that included touching the woman in a sexual manner and growing angry when she brought her husband around.

One affidavit from a former female employee states that she was tasked with flying in women for the congressman. “One of my duties while working for Rep. Conyers was to keep a list of women that I assumed he was having affairs with and call them at his request and, if necessary, have them flown in using Congressional resources,” said her affidavit. (A second staffer alleged in an interview that Conyers used taxpayer resources to fly women to him.)

The employee said in her affidavit that Conyers also made sexual advances toward her: “I was driving the Congressman in my personal car and was resting my hand on the stick shift. Rep. Conyers reached over and began to caress my hand in a sexual manner.”

The woman said she told Conyers she was married and not interested in pursuing a sexual relationship, according to the affidavit. She said she was told many times by constituents that it was well-known that Conyers had sexual relationships with his staff, and said she and other female staffers felt this undermined their credibility.

“I am personally aware of several women who have experienced the same or similar sexual advances made towards them by Rep[.] John Conyers,” she said in her affidavit.

A male employee wrote that he witnessed Rep. Conyers rub the legs and other body parts of the complainant “in what appeared to be a sexual manner” and saw the congressman rub and touch other women “in an inappropriate manner.” The employee said he confronted Conyers about this behavior.

“Rep. Conyers said he needed to be ‘more careful’ because bad publicity would not be helpful as he runs for re-election. He ended the conversation with me by saying he would ‘work on’ his behavior,” the male staffer said in his affidavit.

“I don’t think any allegations should be buried…and that’s for anyone, not just for this particular office”
The male employee said that in 2011 Conyers complained a female staffer was “too old” and said he wanted to let her go. The employee said he set up a meeting in December 2011 to discuss “mistreatment of staff and his misuse of federal resources.” The affidavit says that Conyers “agreed that he would work on making improvements as long as I worked directly with him and stopped writing memos and emails about concerns.”

Another female employee also attested that she witnessed Conyer’s advances, and said she was asked to transport women to him. “I was asked on multiple occasions to pick up women and bring them to Mr. Conyers[‘] apartment, hotel rooms, etc.”

BuzzFeed News reached out to several former Conyers staffers, all of whom did not want to speak on the record. One former staffer, who did not want to be named, said she was frustrated by the secretive complaint process.

“I don’t think any allegations should be buried…and that’s for anyone, not just for this particular office, because it doesn’t really allow other people to see who these individuals are,” said the former staffer. “When you make private settlements, it doesn’t warn the next woman or the next person going into that situation.”

Another staffer said that Conyers’ reputation made people fearful to speak out against him. Aside from being the longest-serving House member and the ranking member of a powerful committee, Conyers is a civil rights icon. He was lauded by Martin Luther King Jr. and is a founding member of the Congressional Black Caucus.

“Your story won’t do shit to him,” said the staffer. “He’s untouchable.”

In a statement to BuzzFeed News, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi said she was not aware of the settlement.

“The current process includes the signing of non-disclosure agreements by the parties involved. Congresswoman Jackie Speier has introduced legislation that will provide much-needed transparency on these agreements and make other critical reforms,” Pelosi said in the statement. “I strongly support her efforts.”

What’s interesting about the revelations of sexual harassment is they’re mainly being reported by left wing media, concerning left wing men. Perhaps there’s a disruption in the matrix, or they’re quite literally eating their own.

This didn’t age well.

Good times.

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13 comments

  1. sarcrilege

    This is stupid. Makes one wonder why not pay a professional girl $500/hr and then enjoy the entire buffet of sexcapade instead of paying settlements and not even dipping “just the tip” in.

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    • dmfracer

      Because it’s about power, not sex.

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    • moonshot

      What, you expect them to pay for sex? Out of what funding, their own??? You don’t seem to get this whole government thing, son.

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  2. ironbird

    The movie is called ‘Angel Heart’. Those preachers were some kind of powerful. If one can handle the truth.

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  3. dp909rev

    Ladies and gentlemen, The Electric Six.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7hOcg347VBg

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  4. J Adabese (your pen pal)
    J Adabese (your pen pal)

    What do ya’ll want? Before being a member of congress, Conyers was a Pimp in Detroit ya’ll. His pimp hand be strong.

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  5. heaterman

    So here we go.
    If they can get an elected official to resign, then it’s a short step to the presidency. If Conyers steps down wait to see about 200 women come forward about Trump.
    The die is being cast.

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    • derp

      Only one thing wrong with your plan. It requires the Dems to fall on their sword. They will not resign over this. Just another feeble attempt to set up the President but you’re not thinking this through. He made his bones in NYC real estate. Those guys love to fuck each other over 100 times. It’s that cut throat. If there were skeletons in the closet they would have been out already.
      You think Frankenstein and Conyers will resign over this to get at Trump? Hardly.

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      • numbersgame

        Neither Conyers nor Franken will step down or be forced out. Heck, even the woman who accused Franken still supports him. However, they will likely hold hearings, and that will set the die. If Roy Moore gets to Congress, then it’s a gurantee that the R’s lose the Senate, and probably the House.

        Think about it if Morre gets in:
        1) Senate votes to kick him out, R’s lose votes from their base but are still plastered with his record. Media circus. Also, precedent set: impeaching a President is just a step from kickign out a Senator.
        2) The Senate lets him stay: bye-bye suburbs. Even without the precendent, the Democrats will win so big, the R’s will almsot certainly lose the House and control of Trump’s fate.

        Just look at Virginia – not the Govornor’s race, but the House of Delegates. From a 2:1 majority to split 50:50 in ONE election.

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  6. mx2101

    First and foremost- not making excuses or dismissing allegations of improper behavior.

    Just offering this data point: I have been acquainted with Mr. Conyers for years. He’s a very old man. A wind gust might blow him over. I’ve never seen him with a female staff assistant. Again, not excusing bad behavior, but anything from Conyers in the past five years would be a shaking quivering hand of an elderly man.

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    • numbersgame

      mx2101, if you aren’t makign excuses, what exactly is the point of your post? Consiouslyly or subconsiously, you are clearly trying to downplay the allegations, or how his alleged behavior has (or should have from your perspective) affected the women around him.

      He’s not some guy on the street – he’s a Congressional Representative. For all you guys that think this isn’t a big deal, it’s because you don’t have empathy.

      Try this thought experiment: imagine it is happening to you. I don’t mean that some sexy Cougar is making moves. Pretend it is Judge Roy Jones, Producer Harvey Weinstein, Rep. Conyers. etc. grabbing YOUR ass.

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    • moonshot

      I think he wanted more than wind to blow him.

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  7. numbersgame

    “What’s interesting about the revelations of sexual harassment is they’re mainly being reported by left wing media, concerning left wing men. Perhaps there’s a disruption in the matrix”

    Or maybe the left is just better at recognizing bad behavior. Looks like 40-80% of Evangelicals are going to vote for a child molester to represent them.

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