11.28.2017

Former top staffer accuses Conyers of inappropriate touching

Former top staffer accuses Conyers of inappropriate touching (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

A former staffer to Rep. John Conyers says he made an unwanted sexual advance toward her and touched her inappropriately twice in the late 1990s, the Detroit News reported Tuesday, in the latest sexual misconduct allegations against the veteran lawmaker.

Deanna Maher, 77, who ran a Michigan office for Conyers from 1997 to 2005, told The Detroit News that there were three instances of inappropriate conduct.

Maher said the first instance of harassment happened shortly after Conyers hired her in 1997, during an event with the Congressional Black Caucus in Washington.

“I didn’t have a room and he had me put in his hotel suite,” said Maher, adding that she rejected his offer to share his room at the Grand Hyatt in Washington and have sex.

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