The Detroit News is reporting that a former Deputy Chief-of-Staff for Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) is accusing the congressman of three separate sexual harassment/ unwanted touching incidents.
The victim, Deanna Maher, who worked for Conyers from 1997 to 2005 in one of his Detroit offices. According to Ms. Maher the three incidents included:
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The first instance of harassment happened, Maher said, shortly after the congressman hired her in September 1997 during an event with the Congressional Black Caucus. “I didn’t have a room, and he had me put in his hotel suite,” said Maher, 77, adding that she rejected his offer to share his room at the Grand Hyatt in Washington and have sex.
(…) In the second alleged incident in spring 1998, Maher said she was in the passenger seat while Conyers was driving to Detroit Metropolitan Airport and that he touched her.
“He was trying to feel me up with his right hand,” she said. “I kept pushing his hand away. Then he put his hand on my neck and started trying to tickle me. We were on I-75, and he was driving erratically. I was saved by the bell because we got pulled over by the police for the way he was driving.”
In 1999, at a meeting in Highland Park with ministers, Maher said Conyers “put his hand up my dress and whispered in my ear, ‘I didn’t know you had such great legs.’ ”
Conyers’ attorney Arnold Reed basically called Ms. Maher a liar questioning why she worked for Conyers for years after the incident…