Male former aide to John Conyers says that 'Most of us have seen him in his underwear' and that it's not a 'big deal' after woman accuses the Rep. of partially stripping in his office

  • Ex-Judiciary Committee lawyer Melanie Sloan was sent to Conyers' office
  • She said Conyers was wearing only underwear when she arrived there
  • But on Tuesday Bob Weiner, Conyers' ex-comms director, dismissed claims
  • He said Conyers had a closet in his office and would regularly change there
  • Most staff saw him in his underwear at some point in time, Weiner claimed?
  • Sloan said Conyers also picked on her but Weiner said he was abrasive to all staff
  • She didn't say Conyers sexually harassed her, but he has been accused by others

A male former aide to Rep. John Conyers has pooh-poohed claims by a female lawyer that the Democrat invited her to a meeting while he was in his underwear.

Melanie Sloan, who served as minority counsel for House Judiciary Committee, said last week that she was called up to Conyers' office during her time there only to find him in his underwear.

But on Wednesday Bob Weiner, who was Conyers' communications director from 1994-2000, said the representative's underwear was a common sight at the time.

'Most of us have walked in on him accidentally without knocking and have seen him in his underwear,' he told CNN. 'Big deal.'

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Melanie Sloan (pictured) claims that while working with Rep. John Conyers, she went to brief him in his office and found him wearing just his underwear - causing her some shock

Melanie Sloan (pictured) claims that while working with Rep. John Conyers, she went to brief him in his office and found him wearing just his underwear - causing her some shock

Bob Weiner, a former comms director for Conyers (pictured) said the Rep. would often get changed at a closet in his office and that 'most staff' had seen him in his underwear there

Bob Weiner, a former comms director for Conyers (pictured) said the Rep. would often get changed at a closet in his office and that 'most staff' had seen him in his underwear there

Sloan told the Washington Post?that she had been called to brief Conyers on a matter when she saw him in the uncomfortable situation.

'I was pretty taken aback to see my boss half-dressed,' she said, adding: 'I turned on my heel and I left.'?

But on Tuesday Weiner said that Conyers - like other representatives in the Rayburn House Office Building - had a wardrobe in his office, and so it was expected that staff would see his underwear from time to time.

'Something else that people need to know: his closet is in his office right here. He changes clothes in his office,' he said.

'So to say that somebody came to a meeting and that's how it was, that's an untrue statement.?

'That is the kind of thing that needs to be explored before there's any acceptance to that kind of an allegation.'?

Sloan does not accuse Conyers of sexually harassing her, but did say that he was verbally abusive to her during her employment.

'There was an occasion where he called me out of a meeting with a bunch of advocates and was screaming at me in the halls, including [about] me not wearing stockings on a 95-degree Washington summer day ... while he wasn't wearing socks,' she told ABC.

Sloan said that Conyers was also aggressive and bullying towards her, but Weiner said that Conyers was like that with everyone, men and women, including him

Sloan said that Conyers was also aggressive and bullying towards her, but Weiner said that Conyers was like that with everyone, men and women, including him

She said of Conyers: 'I don't think he was having male staffers babysit his kids and I don't think male staffers were berated in the same way that I was.

'Certainly, Congressman Conyers was picking on me and this was well known throughout the committee staff. It was obvious.'

But Weiner also denied that she was being picked on, or that Conyers was motivated by misogyny.

'That's not sexist. That's just being aggressive as the member of Congress or the Cabinet member or the VIP that you are,' he said. 'It has nothing to do with being anti-women. I got it too.'

'Representative Conyers has never done anything inappropriate to Melanie Sloan,' his lawyer, Arnold Reed, told the paper.?

However, Conyers - who stepped down from the House Judiciary Committee on Sunday - has other issues to contend with.

The House Ethics Committee is investigating him following a report that claimed he used $27,000 of office funds to pay off a staffer who accused him of sexual harassment and wrongful termination.

And another woman, now 77, claims that Conyers stripped down to his underwear in front of her in a hotel room while they were on a work trip.

Members of both the Republicans and the Democrats are now calling for Conyers to step down - and Weiner says the mood in his office is grim.

'His staff is very depressed and think that people are trying to make the die cast against him, and everybody's trying to work out statements of what to say that's the right thing to say and it's very complicated,' he said.?

'People are hoping that the die hasn't been cast too far too soon already... the staff is hoping very much that, at a minimum, that he gets the chance to complete his term as a member of Congress,' he said. 'That's the objective right now of the staff.'

Sloan has not accused Conyers of sexually harassing her; however, at least two other women have. He is now being investigated for allegedly paying off one of the women from tax funds

Sloan has not accused Conyers of sexually harassing her; however, at least two other women have. He is now being investigated for allegedly paying off one of the women from tax funds

Conyers the longest serving member of the House, denied doing anything wrong after?BuzzFeed News?reported a woman was paid $27,000 from Conyers' taxpayer-funded congressional office allowance.

The unidentified woman alleges that Conyers repeatedly asked her for sex.?

In one particularly serious charge, she claims that Conyers asked her to work out of his hotel room, when the Michigan congressman began talking about his sexual desires, according to the report.

She alleged that Conyers then told her to 'touch it' - meaning his penis - or find him a woman who would meet his sexual demands.

The website reported that Conyers' office paid the woman over $27,000 to settle the complaint under a confidentiality agreement, after filing a complaint in 2014.

It also published affidavits from former staff members who said they had witnessed Conyers touching female staffers inappropriately - rubbing their legs and backs - or requesting sex.

Another ex-staffer sued Conyers for harassment but then withdrew the suit after failing to have the case sealed, they reported.

And on Tuesday another woman came forward accusing Conyers of harassment.

The other woman,?former staffer Deanna Maher, 77, said that Conyers stripped to his underwear in a hotel room in front of her and touched her leg

The other woman,?former staffer Deanna Maher, 77, said that Conyers stripped to his underwear in a hotel room in front of her and touched her leg

Deanna Maher, 77, who ran a Michigan office for Conyers from 1997 to 2005, said the first incident occurred during a three-day Congressional Black Caucus event in Washington, which she said she 'felt honored' to attend.

Maher said while she was in the bedroom of a hotel suite, Conyers, who is now 88, walked in, called room service and ordered sandwiches.

'I had my nightclothes on,' said Maher, who now lives in the Holland area in western Michigan.

'I was just scared to death. I was married at the time. He sat in the bedroom taking his clothes off. I didn't say anything and he didn't say anything.?

Nothing happened between them, she added.

'He didn't go naked. He was down to his skivvies,' Maher said. 'He sat there eating sandwiches and then he stormed out and slammed the door. I was so embarrassed and ashamed of myself for being so stupid. I needed a job.'

'He didn't put his hand on me, but the message was loud and clear,' she said.?

She also said he touched her leg while they were driving down the Interstate 75 - causing the car to weave around.

Conyers' attorney, Arnold Reed, said Maher's allegations are uncorroborated and that the Representative denies any wrongdoing.

'John Conyers has always said he's not guilty of harassing these women,' Reed said.

'Any woman or man that is violated, that's unacceptable - completely unacceptable. By the same token, a person has right to protest his innocence.?

'This is what we call due process. Mr. Conyers wants to be cooperative and will be cooperative with any investigation.'

Conyers was spotted on Tuesday flying back to his hometown of Detroit, where he lives with his wife Monica, 52, whom he married in 1990.

Conyers, who stepped down from the House Judiciary Committee on Sunday, has denied the claims made against him through his lawyer

Conyers, who stepped down from the House Judiciary Committee on Sunday, has denied the claims made against him through his lawyer

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