Another accuser comes forward as Conyers announcement looms

DETROIT (AP/WILX) -- A woman who says she worked for U.S. Rep. John Conyers for more than a decade says he slid his hand up her skirt and rubbed her thighs while she was sitting next to him in the front row of a church.

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Elisa Grubbs made the allegation in an affidavit released by her attorney, Lisa Bloom. Grubbs is the cousin of another accuser, Marion Brown, who previously broke a confidentiality agreement to speak publicly. Conyers has repeatedly denied claims of sexual harassment and misconduct by staffers.

Conyers' attorney Arnold Reed told the Detroit Free Press Grubbs' allegations are "another instance of tomfoolery from the mouth of Harvey Weinstein's attorney." Bloom previously represented Hollywood executive Weinstein.

Grubbs came forward as Conyers is expected to speak on a Detroit radio show Tuesday about his future.

According to several media outlets, Conyers is expected to announce he's not running for re-election. The New York Times is reporting Rep. Conyers will announce a family member will also run for his seat at the end of his term.

Michigan state Sen. Ian Conyers, the grandson of John Conyers' brother, told the newspaper that he now plans to run for the seat held by his 88-year-old great-uncle.

Ian Conyers also told the newspaper early Tuesday that the decision for Rep. Conyers to not run for re-election comes after his doctor "advised him that the rigor of another campaign would be too much for him, just in terms of his health."

The announcement is expected to be made at 10:15AM Tuesday on the "The Mildred Gaddis Show" on 102.7FM in Detroit.

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