Those who support Conyers said there's a double standard for African American leaders, citing the ongoing sexual misconduct accusations facing Al Franken. Grubbs is the cousin of another accuser, Marion Brown, who previously broke a confidentiality agreement to speak publicly.
"My legacy can't be compromised or diminished in any way by what we're going through now".
"There can be no tolerance for behavior that subjects women to the kind of conduct that has been alleged", said Jerrold Nadler, who replaced Conyers in his leadership role on the House Judiciary Committee.
'It's very sad. The fearless women who came forward are owed justice, ' Pelosi continued at a Capitol press conference.
John Conyers' attorney, Arnold Reed, would not confirm or deny that the congressman was planning to retire in a phone conversation with The Associated Press early Tuesday. "This too shall pass", said Conyers on a local MI radio station Tuesday morning.
"It was sexual harassment, violating my body, propositioning me, inviting me to hotels with the guise of discussing business and then propositioning me for sex", Brown told NBC.
She also said she was sitting next to him at church on another occasion when he ran his hand under her skirt and said other people saw him do it. The interview on the Mildred Gaddis radio show is still ongoing.
"Oh, absolutely not", Conyers said.
Buzzfeed News reported on November 20 that Conyers had settled a complaint in 2015 from a woman who alleged she was sacked from his Washington staff because she rejected his sexual advances.
Multiple media outlets are reporting that Rep. John Conyers will not seek re-election after his current term.
They said the congressman is entitled to due process.
"I am retiring today", Conyers, 88, told a Detroit radio station, as he became the first to step down among four serving USA lawmakers facing sexual misconduct allegations. In the political world, it's never that simple.
When asked if Congress should "open the books" and share the names of all the members who are responsible for $7 million in sexual harassment lawsuits paid, Conyers said, "My answer is a strong, unequivocal, yes". Conyers has denied all the allegations, and on Tuesday, wrote the accusations off as "politics".
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee took to the House floor to read a letter by Conyers to his colleagues, saying he notified the Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi that he was vacating his seat.
Congress has been reviewing policies on how to handle sexual harassment complaints after a string of cases involving prominent figures in the USA media, Hollywood and politics.
Conyers was first elected to the House in 1964.