A former key staffer who once served as the top Democratic Party lawyer on the House Judiciary Committee said Rep. John Conyers once walked around during a meeting in his underwear.

During an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Melanie Sloan said she was called up to Conyers’ (D-MI) office to discuss an issue only to find him “walking around in his underwear.”

“It made me increasingly anxious and depressed about going to work every day,” she said, adding that “there was no way to fix it.”

Sloan is now the third woman to come forward in less than a week to accuse Conyers, the longest serving members of Congress, of inappropriate behavior.

“There was no mechanism I could use, no person I could go to,” she said.

Sloan claims that during his tenure under Conyers, she was often subjected to verbal abuse, being fired and then re-hired, and criticized for not wearing stockings. She said Conyers also forced once to babysit his children.

While Sloan told the Free Press that Conyers didn’t sexually assault her, she maintained that “his constant stream of abuse was difficult to handle and it was certainly damaging to my self-respect and self-esteem.”

Conyers was accused last week of sexual misconduct by several former staff members, where one claimed that she was fired after she refused to “succumb to (Conyers’) sexual advances.”

Conyers admitted that his office paid the accuser a reported $27,000 after the victim filed a formal complaint through the Congress’ Office of Compliance.

According to BuzzFeed, the alleged victim came to an agreement with Conyers office — and not through Congress’ Office of Compliance — that she would be paid $27,111.75 for three months and re-hired as a temporary “no-show” in exchange for dropping the complaint, signing a legal document indicating no Conyers had not acted inappropriately, and agreeing not to bring future allegations against him.

Conyers has denied that he ever acted inappropriately toward the three women who have levied accusations against him and said they settled the complaint without Congress to “avoid litigation.”

“I expressly and vehemently denied the allegations made against me, and continue to do so,” Conyers said. “My office resolved the allegations – with an express denial of liability – to save all involved from the rigors of protracted litigation. That should not be lost in the narrative.”

“A House member can’t retain an employee who isn’t performing work commensurate with the pay, and regardless, can’t give back pay for work that stretches further than a month,” the editorial board wrote.

The allegations against Conyers are serious, which is why Democrat New York Rep. Kathleen Rice on Friday called on Conyers to resign. Others may soon follow her lead.

If he settled one complaint for nearly $30,000 to avoid a congressional investigation, imagine what else he might be hiding.

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