Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) once settled a wrongful dismissal complaint after a former employee accused him of firing her for rejecting his “sexual advances,” according to BuzzFeed.
BuzzFeed on Monday reported that it had documents from the 2015 case including four signed affidavits – three of which were notarized – from former staffers for Conyers.
The documents alleged that Conyers repeatedly engaged in undesired sexual behavior towards his female staff members.
The materials described a wide-range of conduct by Conyers, including asking for sexual favors, caressing and touching.
The documents additionally alleged that Conyers had his staff contact and transport women they believed were sexually involved with him.
Four people involved with the case against Conyers – the longest-serving House member and the ranking Democrat on its Judiciary Committee – confirmed that the materials are authentic.
The woman who settled with Conyers launched her complaint with the Office of Compliance in 2014.
The complaint alleged that the woman was fired for refusing Conyers’ sexual advances upon her, and it was ultimately settled the following year for $27,111.75.
Conyers did not admit fault in the settlement deal, which comes amid a torrent of sexual misconduct allegations amid powerful men in multiple public spheres.
The former employee claimed that Conyers in one instance asked her to work out of his room for the night, only to start discussing his sexual desires once she arrived.
The woman alleged that Conyers told her he needed her to “touch it,” a reference to his penis, or find a woman who would meet his sexual desires instead.
“Rep. Conyers strongly postulated that the performing of personal service or favors would be looked upon favorably and lead to salary increases or promotions,” she said in the complaint.
The woman told BuzzFeed on Monday that she felt she had no other option besides maintaining her silence and accepting the settlement offered to her.
“I was basically blackballed,” she said of the incident during a phone interview. “There was nowhere I could go.”
The complaint’s emergence comes as multiple men of stature across entertainment, media and politics have been accused of past sexual misconduct this year.