By Sandra Rose  | 

John Conyers

Rep. John Conyers has been hospitalized for treatment of stress-related symptoms after multiple former female staffers accused him of sexual misconduct. The 88-year-old Michigan Democrat is stable according to a family spokesperson.

“He’s doing OK, as well as he can be expected, for a gentleman approaching 90 years of age,” spokesman Sam Riddle told reporters gathered outside his Detroit home Thursday morning.

The news comes a day after Rep. James E. Clyburn, the assistant leader of the House Democrats, claimed Conyers' accusers were lying because they are all white.

Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat, made the claims in a closed door meeting, according to Robert Draper, a reporter for New York Times Magazine and National Geographic.

Draper tweeted that Clyburn compared Conyers' accusers to Susan Smith, the South Carolina woman who murdered her 2 young sons and blamed a black man.

“At this morning’s House Democratic caucus: James Clyburn compared Conyers‘ accusers to the child murderer Susan Smith, who initially claimed a black man had abducted her kids. Clyburn said, these are all white women who’ve made these charges against Conyers," Draper tweeted on Wednesday.

But the Congressional Black Caucus quickly denied the comparison to Susan Smith.

Mr. Clyburn “used the Smith example to illustrate the dangers of convicting people before getting all the facts. Although Smith killed her kids, she blamed an innocent person & a lot of people believed that innocent person was guilty," the CBC said on its Twitter account.

Mr. Clyburn also disputed the remarks attributed to him by Draper. "That discussion had nothing to with Conyers,” he tweeted.

But Draper stood by his report, citing two people who attended the meeting and heard Clyburn's remarks.

“That discussion was specifically & exclusively about Conyers, according to 2 attendees. Who else could you have been referring to when bringing up Susan Smith?” Draper tweeted to Clyburn.

"Are you suggesting this was some detached academic discussion in which Conyers wasn’t brought up? Not credible & also not what the two attendees say," Draper tweeted.

Meanwhile, a third former staffer, Deanna Maher, said Tuesday that in 1997 Conyers stripped to his underwear in front of her in his office.

But Bob Weiner, a former Conyers aide, said the lawmaker stripping in front of his staff was no big deal.

"He changes clothes in his office," Weiner told reporters on Tuesday. "Most of us have walked in on him accidentally without knocking and have seen him in his underwear. Big deal."

Conyers, who is the longest-serving member of Congress, stepped down as the top-ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee on Sunday. He said he won't seek reelection.

And the Trump Curse continues...

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  • DaughterOfaQueen

    "Elizabeth I'm coming to join you honey" ain't nothing wrong wit yo ass get up?

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I remember Susan Smith Lyin ass bytch!!! She deserve to be burnt to a crisp

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    But Bob Weiner, a former Conyers aide, said the lawmaker stripping in front of his staff was no big deal.
    “He changes clothes in his office,” Weiner told reporters on Tuesday. “Most of us have walked in on him accidentally without knocking and have seen him in his underwear. Big deal.”
    These people must think we're all stupid. I hate when people try to insult the public's intelligence like this.

  • Noirluv45

    It might be time for him to retire.

    "“He changes clothes in his office,” Weiner told reporters on Tuesday. “Most of us have walked in on him accidentally without knocking and have seen him in his underwear. Big deal.” Yeah, it actually is a big deal. If this is the case, maybe he should've put a lock on his door so that people couldn't "accidentally" see him in his underwear.

  • Renee26

    He don't like yt wemenz so it must be a lie LMAO

  • 5000BlinK

    Lock his door for what.. How about knocking before you enter. He is the longest serving member of Congress.. His office is his second home if not his first, and he is 90 yrs old

  • 5000BlinK

    I didnt want to say that Renee but he obviously not attracted to White Women seems that hit him the hardest because he know he only like Chocolate he just said they tripping and Im Black... let me stepped on down and then say what I have to say.

  • Noirluv45

    If people walked in on him and they weren't put in check, then he should've locked his door. That can't use that as an excuse for people seeing him in his underwear. Also, I lock my door when I'm at home, but maybe that's just me.

  • MsPam

    Clyburn needs to have a seat with that comment because the woman who Conyers settled with is a black woman.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    According to these women....He invited/summoned them to come see him in his office and they said when they walked in he was wearing his underwear.
    And this happened more than once. Something tells me maybe it wasnt "accidental".

  • Peace

    The TODAY SHOW had Savannah Guthrie interview Mr. Conyers former employee to discuss him as she worked for him 11 years not doubt a consensual relationship between the two maybe even a woman scorned,
    Yet multiple women came forward to accuse Matt Lauer and not one of them was interviewed on the Today show.

    Typical throw the Black Man under the bus.
    Godspeed Mr. Conyers.

  • InsecureNEVA

    It's time for Conyers to retire anyway. All these men who have been accursed of SH are all wealthy, just take the "L" and the embarrassment of the situation and call it a day.

  • Elevated Soul

    Dude is just trying to get sympathy.It is time for this unproductive reluc to retire. The people that are stressed are people in his raggedy district...

    It's seems that he terrorized women so much that they knew, not to get on the elevator with him...

    Clyburn and Black Democrats in general minimize the Black Struggle, by always putting identity politics in the mix.

  • VernadineTheQueen?

    Just step your old self down. He is 88 years old!! Goodness!! Greedy!!!

  • shun king

    When puff daddy turned i guess he have paid that hush money..or that Red head prince HARRY he got drunk and start sticking his dong in random folks face no telling what else he have done who covering for those pervs

  • InsecureNEVA

    He should have gotten a button under his desk like Matt Lauer had to lock or unlock the door without having to get up from his desk.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    We've long had this tendency to make excuses for black politicians, black pastors, black civil rights leaders etc, and allow them to practically get away with murder because of this "He's one of us" mentality.
    I'm tired of that. Bad behavior is bad behavior. I don't see why I should give a man a pass for bad conduct just because his skin color is the same as mine.

  • Ms.Vanilla

    Happy Holidays everyone!!! Anyone else ready for christmas????
    The music alone is enough to keep me in the spirit for weeks before Christmas. Nothing is quite like Christmas than a "soulful Christmas" CD.

  • InsecureNEVA

    Now Russell Simmons has stepped down from all of his businesses because of alleged SH. SMH. Rich men are crazy when it comes to puzzay.

  • Ghost

    Yes...I saw that interview and she did come off as a woman scorned. And she wasn't very believable!

    The women behind the Matt Lauer story are still NBC employees so they will probably not be interviewed. But believe its a lot of inner office politics going on behind the scenes there..That would be a horrible place to work right now

  • MsPam

    Please! What Ms. Brown said about Conyers was not a consensual relationship. He wanted her to touch his “P”, Go find other women to satisfy him?!

    That’s a consensual relationship?! I’m waiting for a post on Uncle Russell being accused of sexually assault on Lena Horne’s granddaughter

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!

    first of all, they're not all white. just this morning there was a Black Woman on NBC who was speaking out even though she'd agreed to a non-disclosure related settlement. she said it was more important for her to speak out for the sake of her grandchildren than it was for her to worry about him coming after her for violating the disclosure.

    And, another thing with this b.s. about 'oh he's just a senior citizen' ....he was NOT a senior citizen when he violated and preyed on these women! he was a power figure who could, with a phone call, swipe of the pen, or other punitive actions, end their careers, have them blackballed, or possibly something even more sinister. STFU about his CURRENT age!

  • Nancy Drew-Natural & Luv’n It!


  • MsPam

    Standing ovation!?? My Big Mama had a saying when people made excuses for bad behavior, she would say “ Try to tell Jesus that on Judgement day”

  • 5000BlinK

    Dang Nancy.... you didnt even have to clock out on us like that boo ;(

  • CaramelDrop

    Renee, I AINT WORTH A PLUM NICKEL!! LOL! WHen I read the headline about ww, I was hoping it would continue with "Because he wouldn't sexually touch a ww with a 10 ft pole"..... those brothas are few and far between though.

  • CaramelDrop

    25 mill a year can afford that technology.... I'm sure he congressman hasn't seen that type of money yet. A closed door is a closed door. I wish anybody other than my husband would bus into a room I'm in and the door is closed - whatever they see is their fault. That's just common courtesy and manners.

  • A D N

    What did he do wrong? I'm confused. Did he undress in front of staffers? If so, is that a cause of firing, or disciplinary action needed?
    I am happy to hear I can go to work and not be expose to sexual situations and conversations. We have become to relaxed in the work place which is a professional setting and not a playground for fun. Besides, everyone's definition of going too far is a different level. I, saying good morning sexy is nothing but to the next individual, that could be extremely uncomfortable. So to be safe, leave all sexual conversation out of the workplace.

  • Ebony Starr

    They need the "POWER"! That's what it's all about.

  • Unhappy American

    Nothing wrong with this fool when he get out the hospital Tha issue will still be waiting on his bytch a$$ #stepdown


    He is 88 years old isnt it time to step down from Congress?

  • We Can Do This

    It has long been said that MLK was one of the dirtiest players in the game!

  • Meme

    Good grief 88 year old I just don't understand what it is with all these historical sesual abuse cases. I understand if it where children obviously it would and should be addressed, but most of these where grown women over 21 years of age at the time these alleged molestation s occured why remain silent and bring things up 30 years later

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  • Liah


  • justlooking

    I met him a couple of years back at Ben Chili Bowl. he was kind.

    Thanks all I got.

  • rachel

    There they go again with the "racism" cries. Pardon me but his accusers being all white is not an anomaly nor is it surprising. Most black men in such positions of power seek nonblack women in their sexual pursuits.


    Yes it seems like a pattern...

  • Li

    I've said it before. 88 years is too old to still be in Congress.

  • AnotherBlackGirl

    But in the short time that MLK was alive he did get a lot accomplished for Black people. Many laws and programs were instituted for Black people when MLK was alive.What are these Black politicians doing for Black people today ?? Nothing Back unemployment is at an all time high . In the state where I reside unemployment among Black people is a 15% There are so many homeless people in my city that whole families are sleeping on the streets.Conyers needs to step down. He represents the state of Michigan We all know what happened in Flint. Black people had been drinking water that was tainted with lead for years. Conyers and other Black leaders did absolutely nothing

  • TMW

    Conggress shouldn’t do anything about Conyers, Franken, Moore and whoever else in Congress will be accused of sexual assault until they do something about Trump. Overlooking Trump’s accusers is the big ‘ol elephant in the room, isn’t it???

  • TMW

    Term limits are needed. If the President can only serve 2 terms, then a senator should only be able to serve 2 terms as well.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    He did it!

  • TMW

    Oh yeah he did. He paid people off!

  • TheOwley

    This is why the race card is no longer effective. Some black men choose white women exclusively so it stands to reason some accusers will be all white. Clyburn needs to realize people are choosing sides and being on the side of wrongdoers regardless of who they are is a losing proposition. So far black folks have fared well in this abuse disaster. Only Cosby from a while back and Russell Simmons have been named.

  • Jamal Warner

    There is no such thing as a race card. This is an overused term used usually by white people to stop/deflect talking about race or racism.

  • Jamal Warner

    You have a link to any evidence?

  • Jamal Warner

    Settling a lawsuit does not make you guilty.

  • Jamal Warner

    I don't agree with the "most black men" part at all. I do suspect that racism is at play here.

  • TMW

    Definitely doesn’t scream “innocent” either. And it does mean there is some level of culpability. It’s definitely more evidence of due process than a lot of the other accused are being afforded. Those women are just taking their stories to the media, and we’re finding them guilty.

  • Jamal Warner

    The issue that I have with your post is that white people do not do that. One of the codes of white supremacy is to never side with another race against your own. Even in all of their wrong, majority will still support their own based on race.

  • Khaliah

    I don't know if this is wrong or right, or good or bad, but I see a trickle-down scenario at work here: First it's the entertainment and political community; next it will be judges, journalists and behind-the-scene folks; then it'll be doctors, lawyers and accountants; then professors and teachers; then airplane pilots, ship captains and waiters and waitresses; then everyday common folk, all accused of sexual harassment. Watch and see if it doesn't play out like that. People need to make sure their hands are clean because this could all happen to them.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    I hear you, but that type of mentality you're of referring to is what causes a lot of black leaders to abuse their positions of authority in the community to just benefit themselves instead of the black folk they're supposed to be serving.
    Like Michelle Obama said "When THEY go low, we go high". I dont care what "the other man" does. We should still hold our (black) leaders to a high standard, and teach our kids to do right.

  • Tawaii

    Not true! A black woman was interviewed on Today show!

  • Gotitbutsmh

    His deviant ways have nothing to do with IQ45, he's a pervert also. Men of power have been doing and getting away with this BS forever.

  • Gotitbutsmh

    It's happening because they did it. Men of power have always done this.

  • Gotitbutsmh

    Your taxpayer dollars settled a lawsuit if that helps you out.

  • Gotitbutsmh

    Why they don't just buy it is beyond me.

  • Jamal Warner

    Settling a lawsuit is not an admission of guilt. Is there any evidence? No.

  • Gotitbutsmh

    As if settling isn't also a way to prevent admitting guilt. Aren't you just special? LOL

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Why do I need one?

  • Jamal Warner

    Because your claim is baseless.

  • Zeta Phi Beta 1920

    Says you.

  • Jamal Warner

    No, says the facts.