Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has been hospitalized in Detroit and a consultant who works with the lawmaker said it is because of stress caused by alleged “media assault” following multiple women saying that he sexually harassed them.
ClickOnDetroit reported that Conyers’ office confirmed the hospitalization but did not give the name of the hospital or the reason he was admitted.
But a consultant for Conyers told reporters it is related to the sex scandal.
“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,” Sam Riddle said in the ClickOnDetroit article.
“The congressman’s health is not what it should be and a lot of that is directly attributable to this media assault,” Riddle said.
Despite the charges by multiple women — which Conyers denies — an attorney for the 88-year-old lawmaker said he does not plan to resign his seat.
Conyers’ attorney, Arnold Reed, told CNN on Wednesday. “If everybody that was facing ‘allegations’ — including the president, members of the House and Senate — resigned, we’d have a lot of unemployed people walking around.”
On Sunday, Conyers announced he was stepping down from his ranking member position on the House Judiciary Committee.
“After careful consideration and in light of the attention drawn by recent allegations made against me, I have notified the Democratic Leader of my request to step aside as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee during the investigation of these matters,” Conyers said.