Conyers has continued to deny the women's accounts, and his lawyer said Conyers would not pay back the settlement money that was paid to Brown at taxpayer expense.
"I am retiring today", Conyers, 88, told a Detroit radio station, as he became the first to step down among four serving United States lawmakers facing sexual misconduct allegations.
"Rep. Conyers slid his hand up my skirt and rubbed my thighs while I was sitting next to him in the front row of a church", Grubbs said.
A Conyers lawyer, Arnold Reed, said the departure was effective immediately. "He is going to retire, ' Conyers" great-nephew Ian, a MI state senator, told the New York Times, adding that he planned to run for the seat in Congress himself, suggesting Conyers would step down at the end of his term and won't seek reelection.
A rally with leaders, ministers and activists is planned Monday in Detroit to call for due process for Rep. John Conyers after sexual harassment allegations against him emerged.
Conyers, who was first elected in 1964 and went on to become a founding member in 1971 of the Congressional Black Caucus, easily won re-election past year to his 27th term in the heavily Democratic district. "We're calling for due process for every citizen, which also includes Congressman John Conyers by the same body which is supposed to uphold and defend due process".
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Speaking from an unnamed hospital where he reportedly was being treated for stress-related complications, the longest-serving member of Congress maintained that the allegations against him "are not true", and that he could not explain their origin. Court documents also revealed that another staffer in 2007 filed - and later dropped - a lawsuit against Conyers, claiming that the lawmaker sexually harassed her in 2015 and 2016, while she was working for him.
"My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we are going through now", Conyers said. She said he asked her to read his statement announcing his decision and that he's notified House Speaker Paul Ryan, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Michigan Governor Rick Snyder of his plans to step down. "This too shall pass", he said, speaking on the Mildred Gaddis Show. "I want you to know that my legacy will continue through my children".
Grubbs, who said she worked for Conyers in various roles from around 2001 to 2013, is the cousin of another accuser, Marion Brown, who reached a settlement with Conyers over sexual harassment allegations but broke the confidentiality agreement to speak publicly last week. He's been re-elected 25 times since and is the longest-serving current member of Congress, and the fourth-longest serving member of the House in history.
The House ethics committee opened an investigation last month into the accusations from a former staffer. Joe Barton, R-Texas, Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, and Sen.
Word of Conyers' resignation was met with sadness among House Democrats, even though many had called on him to step down.