Woman accuses Rep. John Conyers of ‘violating my body’

Marion Brown breaks confidentiality agreement saying the Michigan Democrat touched her in ways that was uncomfortable and unprofessional.

Here’s what we know about allegations against Michigan Democratic Congressman John Conyers.
Detroit Free Press staff

Congressman John Conyers, Jr. attends the Help Us Grow Detroit event to unveil the Brush Street mural in Detroit’s North End neighborhood on Thursday, August 14, 2014.(Photo: Jessica J. Trevino, Detroit Free Press)Buy Photo

A woman who said she accepted a settlement with U.S. Rep. John Conyers broke her confidentiality agreement Thursday, detailing allegations of sexual misconduct on the “Today” show. 

“I am taking a risk. And the reason why I’m taking a risk — and it’s important — I want to be a voice,”  Marion Brown said, while appearing on the program shortly after 7:30 a.m. “My granddaughter, when she enters the workforce, I want her to not endure sexism and gender inequality.”

“He asked you to do something sexually?” -@savannahguthrie

“Yes… He pointed to genital areas of his body and asked me to, you know, touch it.” pic.twitter.com/0vcOOtXKOE

Brown accused Conyers of sexual harassment, “violating my body, propositioning me,” touching her “in different ways, and it was very uncomfortable and very unprofessional,” she said. She said that she “froze in shock” when he invited her to a Chicago hotel room in 2005, where he was in his underwear, pointed to his genitals and asked her to “touch it.” 

“I didn’t know what to do,” Brown said. “I didn’t want to lose my job. I didn’t want to upset him.” 

A former employee of U.S. Rep. John Conyers, Marion Brown spoke on Nov. 30, 2017 at the Today Show regarding allegations of sexual misconduct. (Photo: Robert Allen /Detroit Free Press)

Conyers, 88, flew back to Detroit from Washington, D.C., on Tuesday night amid multiple sexual harassment allegations. He has steadfastly denied the accusations that he made sexual advances and improper remarks, as well as groping and rubbing former female staffers. His lawyer said the media attention forced him back to Detroit to look after his family. 

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The Free Press, through pay records, had previously identified Brown as being the complainant in a wrongful dismissal complaint, and she declined to speak with us on the record. The complaint resulted in a $27,000 settlement. 

“All I want from the congressman is to acknowledge what he did and apologize to me for calling me a liar,” Brown said on “Today.”

WATCH: “Did you ever tell any of your superiors?” @savannahguthrie asks Rep. Conyers accuser Marion Brown pic.twitter.com/EAsOYkU0Ry

She said that as a single mother with four children, she needed the income while working for Conyers. In 2010, when his wife was in prison, Brown said, “it got worse,” with calls asking her to come to hotels. 

Brown also said at one point that he “asked me to find other people that would satisfy him.” 

Her TV appearance came one day after NBC announced the firing of “Today” anchor Matt Lauer on separate allegations of sexual misconduct. 

Free Press staff writer Todd Spangler contributed to this report. 

Contact Robert Allen on Twitter @rallenMI or rallen@freepress.com.