Editor’s note: an earlier version of this story stated Conyers would serve out his term and then retire. It has been updated with new information, after Conyers made a statement on the matter.
Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) is stepping down from Congress after more accusers have come forward with claims that he groped them.
The decision by Conyers comes as the 88-year-old is facing a new allegation that he groped a woman in a church.
He reportedly told a Detroit radio station of his resignation this morning, and said he endorses his son to take his congressional seat. Meanwhile, Ian Conyers, a state senator and great nephew of the congressman, had previously said he would run for the seat once it was vacated.
While the resignation does throw the leadership of House Democrats into disarray, the seat is likely to remain in Democrat hands, as Detroit is considered a safely blue district.
Embattled Michigan Rep. John Conyers is finally planning to put an end to his congressional career as he faces down new allegations of groping.
Conyers has been facing calls to step down since it was revealed last month he paid a cash settlement out of office funds to a woman who claims he sexually harassed her.
In the latest turn in the case, another accuser, Elisa Grubbs, says Conyers slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs while she was sitting next to him in the front row of a church.
Elisa Grubbs made the allegation in an affidavit released by her attorney, Lisa Bloom. Grubbs is the cousin of another accuser, Marion Brown, who previously broke a confidentiality agreement to speak publicly.
‘He is not resigning. He is going to retire,’ Conyers’ great-nephew Ian, a Michigan 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.
Conyers, 88, is already facing a House Ethics Committee inquiry.
On Sunday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi reversed course Thursday and said embattled Rep. John Conyers should resign from Congress.
‘The allegations against congressman Conyers as we have learned more since Sunday are serious, disappointing and very credible,’ said Pelosi, a California representative who notably did not call for Conyers to go during a Sunday appearance on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’
‘It’s very sad. The brave women who came forward are owed justice,’ Pelosi continued at a Capitol press conference.
Conyers’ attorney Arnold Reed told the Detroit Free Press the new allegations from Grubbs are ‘another instance of tomfoolery from the mouth of Harvey Weinstein’s attorney.’