The attorney representing Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., amid allegations of sexual misconduct said Wednesday the congressman has no plans to resign and that his accusers should be prepared to defend their claims, according to a report Wednesday.
Detroit-area lawyer Arnold Reed told the Associated Press the 88-year-old Michigan Democrat will fight all accusations that he behaved inappropriately toward four former female members of his staff.
Most recently, Deanna Maher told the Detroit News on Tuesday that Conyers sexually harassed her three times during her years working with the dean of the House of Representatives from 1997 to 2005.
Previously, Conyers settled a lawsuit in 2015 in which he was accused of sexual harassment by an ex-staffer.
A similar complaint was dropped in 2017 after a judge refused the aide's request to keep the suit sealed.
Melanie Sloan, the only other woman to go on the record, accused Conyers of harassment but said she didn't feel his actions amounted to sexual harassment.
The House Ethics Committee is investigating the complaints Conyers faces.
A handful of Democratic lawmakers, including Rep. Kathleen Rice, D-N.Y., Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., and Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., have called on Conyers to resign.
But Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, said Wednesday the CBC is not urging its founding member to step aside.
Conyers withdrew from his leadership position as ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee on Sunday.
He has returned to Michigan citing fears for his family's safety due to the intense public scrutiny.