Conyers’ Accuser May Testify Before House Ethics Committee Next Week

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DETROIT (AP) — An attorney representing one of the women alleging sexual harassment by U.S. Rep. John Conyers says her client is expected to testify before the House Ethics Committee.

Lisa Bloom tells The Associated Press Friday that she and Marion Brown hope the testimony sometime next week is done “in an open forum.”

The committee has been reviewing allegations of harassment against Conyers following a Nov. 20 BuzzFeed report that Conyers’ office paid a woman more than $27,000 under a confidential agreement to settle a complaint in 2015 that she was fired from his Washington staff because she rejected his advances. Brown has said she was propositioned for sex multiple times over more than a decade.

Conyers has denied Brown’s allegation and similar claims by two other former staff members.