Democratic Rep. John Conyers is facing allegations of sexual misconduct, but just last month Rep. Maxine Waters referred to him as a champion for women.
“You know, there is a member of Congress who has been supportive of women for many, many, many years,” Waters said. “He is quiet, he is confident, he is powerful, but he has impeccable integrity on all of our issues. Give John Conyers a big round of applause.”
Waters also took special care to address women who have faced sexual harassment and assault.
Buzzfeed News reported on Monday that Conyers settled a wrongful dismissal complaint for more than $27,000 after a woman alleged he fired her because she would not “succumb to [his] sexual advances.
In sworn affidavits, four former staffers describe Conyers is a serial sexual harasser who would prey on his employees. One woman states that Conyers asked her to “touch it,” referring to his penis, or he would find someone who would, and another alleges that he used taxpayer funds to fly women to meet him for affairs.