Rep. John Conyers hospitalized in Detroit area

Conyers returned to Michigan this week amid sexual harassment claims

DETROIT – Rep. John Conyers is hospitalized in the Detroit area. 

That's according to Conyers' office which confirmed the congressman is hospitalized but did not say why or at which hospital. 

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However, political consultant Sam Riddle spoke to reporters Thursday morning. He said Conyers is hospitalized due to stress. Riddle said he had just spoken on the phone with Conyers' wife, Monica Conyers.

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"I just spoke with Monica Conyers on the phone and we want you to know that the congressman is resting comfortably in an area hospital. He's doing OK, as well as he can be expected for a gentleman that's approaching 90 years of age," Riddle said. "The congressman's health is not what it should be and lot of that is directly attributable to this media assault."

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The 88-year-old congressman returned to Detroit this week amid sexual harassment claims from his former staffers. Sources told Local 4 on Wednesday that Conyers will not seek re-election for a new term in the wake of the scandal, which continues to grow.

Conyers' attorney, Arnold Reed, later tweeted: 

One of the women accusing Conyers of sexual harassment spoke earlier Thursday morning on NBC's TODAY Show. 

Marion Brown described what she claims Conyers did to her while she worked for him.

"Some of the things that he did, it was sexual harassment," she said. "Violating my body, propositioning me, inviting me to hotels with the guise of discussing business, and then propositioning for sex. He just violated my body. He has touched me in different ways, and it was very uncomfortable and very unprofessional."

Conyers settled a sexual harassment claim with Brown back in 2015. 

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Conyers stepped down from his position as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee over the weekend and denied the allegations. 

"I deny these allegations, many of which were raised by documents reportedly paid for by a partisan alt-right blogger. I very much look forward to vindicating myself and my family before the House Committee on Ethics," he tweeted. 

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