WASHINGTON (AP) - The top Democrat in the U.S. House says Michigan Rep. John Conyers should resign in the face of allegations of sexual misconduct.
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Thursday that the accusations against Conyers are “serious, disappointing and very credible. It’s very sad.”
The dramatic call from Pelosi came just hours after a former aide publicly accused him of sexual harassment, telling NBC’s “Today” show that she was fired for rejecting advances from Conyers.
Marion Brown, 61, said the congressman propositioned her for sex multiple times over more than a decade. Brown initially told her story to BuzzFeed News on condition of anonymity, saying she’d settled a complaint in 2015 with Conyers over the allegations, according to her attorney.
Conyers is the longest-serving member of the House. He has faced increasing calls from House Democrats for him to step down as several former aides have come forward to accuse him of inappropriate sexual behavior.
On Wednesday, Conyers’ Detroit-area attorney Arnold Reed told the AP that Conyers is innocent and has no plans to step down. Conyers was hospitalized in Detroit on Thursday.
Pelosi told reporters “zero tolerance means consequences - for everyone no matter how great the legacy it’s not licensed to harass or discriminate. In fact it makes it even more disappointing.”