Woman says she was called ‘mentally unstable’ after accusing Rep. John Conyers of abusive behavior


For the first time, a former staff member of Democratic Rep. John Conyers Jr. of Michigan has publicly come forward to allege that the top lawmaker contributed to a hostile work environment, according to a Washington Post report published Wednesday.

Melanie Sloan, who served with Conyers from 1995 to 1998, alleged in the report that she was verbally abused by Conyers, who is now the ranking Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee. Within this time, Sloan said that she saw and experienced similar claims that were made public in recent days, after allegations of sexual misconduct began to emerge.

Sloan alleged that Conyers yelled at her and was critical of her appearance, according to The Post. She also said that at one point, she saw him in his underwear after she was summoned to his office, but said she did not believe she was sexually harassed.

“I was pretty taken aback to see my boss half-dressed,” Sloan said told The Post. “I turned on my heel and I left.”

Sloan said she repeatedly sought help from her supervisors, but was ignored, according to the newspaper.

“There was nothing I could do to stop it,” she said. “I was dismissed and told I must be mentally unstable.”

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