Former Rep. John Conyers’ (D-MI) son was arrested earlier this year after his then-girlfriend suffered knife cuts during an argument.
John Conyers III confirmed that police in Los Angeles had arrested him last February on suspicion of domestic violence.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney later dropped the charges against John Conyers III, but a restraining order against him his former girlfriend got remains in effect until next March.
Wednesday’s news emerged one day after John Conyers resigned from Congress after multiple women accused him of past sexual misconduct.
John Conyers on Tuesday endorsed his son to replace him in the House, where he had held the same seat since 1965 before stepping down.
“She says I stabbed her, which makes no sense,” John Conyers III said of the incident, which occurred the day after last Valentine’s Day. “I didn’t do this.”
“She and I had a verbal altercation and that escalated,” he continued. “She pulled a knife on me. She was chasing me.”
“I tried to take it from her. There was a struggle. I pinned her to the wall. She kept swinging and she cut herself.”
John Conyers III added that he had not spoken with his former girlfriend in several months, noting that the two had agreed to go their separate ways after two-and-a-half years together.
“I apologize, and I am regretful for any part I played in escalating the altercation,” he said of their confrontation.
NBC News on Wednesday reported that the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office cited a “lack of independent witnesses” as part of why prosecutors did not charge John Conyers III.
“[It] could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the victim’s injury was not accidentally sustained,” case paperwork noted of when John Conyers III was disarming her.
The woman told police at the time that Conyers had cut her after he went through her computer and began suspecting her of cheating on him.
“[He] body slammed her on the bed and then on the floor where he pinned her down and spit on her,” the police report states.
The woman said she took a knife and told John Conyers III to leave, claiming he eventually took the tool and cut her arm after swinging it at her.
John Conyers III added that he is not certain he wants to run for his father’s former seat due to his reservations about entering “public life.”
“I was extremely caught off guard by his endorsement,” he said. “This is what he wants. Who am I to tell him what he wants?”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.