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Fmr. Conyers Staffer Alleges He Harassed and Verbally Abused Her (UPDATE)

Another woman who worked as a staffer for Congressman John Conyers has come forward about behavior she witnessed.

Melanie Sloan went on the record with The Washington Post and, while she was not sexually

During that time, Sloan said, she witnessed and experienced behavior by Conyers similar to episodes described in claims against him that on Tuesday prompted the House Ethics Committee to open an investigation.

In addition to accusations of sexual misconduct, the claims against Conyers included “mistreatment of staff.” Sloan said she did not believe she was sexually harassed by the congressman, but she said his behavior toward her was inappropriate and abusive. She said she was speaking publicly after seeing Conyers dismiss former staff members’ accounts of misconduct.

And, Sloan continues, “there was nothing I could do to stop it… Not going to leadership, not going to my boss, not going to a women’s group, not going to a reporter. I was dismissed and told I must be mentally unstable.”

Arnold Reed, legal counsel for Conyers, responded in a statement, “Representative Conyers has never done anything inappropriate to Melanie Sloan.”

On CNN tonight, Sloan said that Conyers should be “held accountable for his conduct,” but also said that there are clearly other members of Congress who have been “equally as bad” to staffers and have never been held accountable.

She also told WaPo that she spoke to someone who worked in the office of the then-House minority leader about the behavior she witnessed:

Sloan said she complained repeatedly about Conyers’s behavior to her supervisor and contacted a senior staff member in the office of then-Rep. Richard A. Gephardt (D-Mo.), the House minority leader at the time.

Gephardt said Wednesday that he did not recall Sloan raising concerns and was unaware of issues in Conyers’s office. But he said congressional leadership needs to see through proposed legislation to change how harassment and abuse allegations are handled on Capitol Hill.

“This behavior, whenever it occurs, is reprehensible and can’t be tolerated,” Gephardt said.

You can watch the CNN interview above.

UPDATE (9:26 PM): An attorney for Rep Conyers released a statement saying he will not resign.

 

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