California Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra has been accused by six women of making unwanted sexual advances (Bocanegra has said he will resign his seat at the end of the session in September and that he has suspended his reelection campaign); Florida State Senator Jack Latvala, who is running for governor, faces allegations of inappropriately touching six women (Latvala has denied the charges); and the Florida Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Bittel resigned last week over charges that he had created a hostile work environment for both male and female staffers-"I apologize for all who have felt uncomfortable during my tenure at the Democratic Party", Bittel said in a statement. "That should not be lost in the narrative".
Congress's Office of Compliance requires that sexual misconduct accusers sign a confidentiality agreement, as part of a long process involving counseling and mediation, before proceeding with their complaint.
When questioned at his home Tuesday morning by The Associated Press, Conyers denied settling any harassment complaint and other allegations of inappropriate touching of staffers. Right now, it isn't public how sexual harassment settlements are reached or which members of Congress and staff are responsible for them being paid out. It's unclear what role, if any, the committee played in the Conyers settlement.
The process was "disgusting", Matthew Peterson, who was the law clerk representing the complainant, told BuzzFeed. "It's like being abused twice".
She specifically referenced one occasion when she was asked by Conyers to work out of his room, but when she arrived, he started "talking about his sexual desires", according to BuzzFeed. She alleged he asked her to work from his room and then told her to touch his genitals, and that another time he allegedly told her to stay in his room and "cuddle up with me and caress me before you go", according to BuzzFeed.
"Rep. Conyers strongly postulated that the performing of personal service or favors would be looked upon favorably and lead to salary increases or promotions", the former employee said in the documents.
Don't expect Conyers to retire anywhere, regardless of his hometown newspaper's editorial position.
"This report is extremely troubling", he said in a statement. A former staffer said Conyers touched her "repeatedly and daily".
"I have always been and continue to be a fierce advocate for equality in the workplace and I fully support the rights of employees who believe they have been harassed or discriminated against to assert claims against their employers", Conyers wrote in a statement released Tuesday. A spokesman for former House Speaker John Boehner told CNN that Boehner was "not aware" of the Conyers settlement "until Buzzfeed inquired about it" Monday.
President Donald Trump faced allegations of sexual assault from more than 10 women during the election previous year. Cernovich said he gave the documents to BuzzFeed News because Democrats would "try to discredit the story by attacking the messenger" if he published them himself.
Two female lawmakers described incidents of sexual harassment, one in explicit detail, and Minnesota Sen. The OOC has come under fire in recent days for what lawmakers and Hill aides alike say are its antiquated policies that do not adequately protect victims who file complaints.