A second woman has come forward accusing Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) of sexual harassment following Monday’s bombshell revelation that Conyers paid off at least one accuser and allegedly used taxpayer money and congressional resources to transport women he was suspected of having affairs with.
The woman, a scheduler for Conyers, claims that the 88-year-old Democratic congressman made inappropriate advances toward her last year when he kissed her, rubbed her shoulders, and tried to hold her hand, The Hill reported.
The woman reportedly tried to file a sealed lawsuit against Conyers earlier this year but abandoned it after the court denied her request to seal the complaint.
“These behaviors and actions were so common and pervasive that they created a hostile work environment,” the unnamed woman alleged.
The woman says she suffered from “insomnia, anxiety, depression and chest pains” from the harassment she allegedly endured.
In a statement on Tuesday, Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said that Conyers should be investigated by the Ethics Committee:
As Members of Congress, we each have a responsibility to uphold the integrity of the House of Representatives and to ensure a climate of dignity and respect, with zero tolerance for harassment, discrimination, bullying or abuse. As I have said before, any credible allegation of sexual harassment must be investigated by the Ethics Committee.
In addition, we must pass the Me Too Congress Act sponsored by Congresswoman Jackie Speier and enact other reforms to advance equity in all workplaces in America.