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Rep. John Conyers Accused Of Sexual Harassment By Another Former Employee

Former President Bill Clinton was among those honoring US Rep. John Conyers Monday at his funeral in Detroit. Conyers represented Michigan for five decades before stepping down in 2017.
Alex Brandon

A former deputy chief of staff for Rep. John Conyers says the veteran lawmaker made unwanted sexual advances toward her, including inappropriate touching. 

Deanna Maher, who ran a Michigan office for him from 1997 to 2005, told The Detroit News that there were three instances of inappropriate conduct. 

Conyer's attorney says the lawmaker denies the allegations. 

Maher is the second woman to accused Conyers of sexual harassment. 

Conyers announced Sunday he was stepping down as ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. Two weeks ago allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced publicly against Conyers. The allegations were made by a former female employee, who had made a wrongful dismissal complaint against the longest-serving member of the House that was settled two years ago. 

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