On Tuesday, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) not only denied settling a complaint in 2015 with a woman who said she was fired after refusing his sexual advances, but he claimed he was ignorant of accusations of sexual misconduct on his part.
“I have been looking at these things in amazement,” Conyers said of the allegations, according to the Associated Press.
BuzzFeed News reported, however, that it had documents, verified by people involved in the case, containing allegations that Conyers harassed the staffer as well as others.
The woman, whose name BuzzFeed did not release, said she felt pressured to sign a confidentiality agreement after going through a closed-door process with Congress's Office of Compliance. The Office of Compliance reportedly requires that sexual misconduct accusers sign a confidentiality agreement before proceeding with their complaints.
House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) described the allegations against Conyers as “extremely troubling,” adding, “People who work in the House deserve and are entitled to a workplace without harassment or discrimination."