In the wake of a slew of sexual misconduct allegations launched against disgraced Democratic congressman John Conyers (Mich.), the lawmaker announced his “retirement” on Monday and said he was endorsing his son to replace him, to “preserve his legacy.”
New reports are emerging that indicate, should his plan be realized, Conyers’ “legacy” may be perpetuated in his son’s allegedly bad treatment of the women in his life.
NBC reports that John Conyers III, 27, was arrested in Los Angeles earlier this year on suspicion of domestic violence after his girlfriend called the police.
According to police, Conyers’ girlfriend claimed that after she confronted him for cheating, he “body slammed her on the bed and then on the floor where he pinned her down and spit on her.” When she attempted to call the police, she said he came at her with a knife.
Conyers was released on a $50,000 bond following his arrest on Feb. 15. At the time, he claimed his girlfriend was on drugs and attacked him with the knife, cutting herself in the process.
The district attorney’s office in Los Angeles County said it “could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the victim’s injury was not accidentally sustained,” according to a report in The Hill. No charges were filed against Conyers.
“She says I stabbed her, which makes no sense,” the younger Conyers told The New York Times in an interview published Wednesday. “I didn’t do this. She and I had a verbal altercation and that escalated. She pulled the knife on me. She was chasing me. I tried to take it from her. There was a struggle. I pinned her to the wall. She kept swinging and she cut herself.”
The elder Conyers resigned Tuesday, at which time he endorsed the aspiring rapper who has no political experience. He currently works as a hedge fund manager in Detroit and claimed to be surprised by his father’s announcement.
“I didn’t ask my dad to say that I was going to run because I don’t know if I am going to run. I was extremely caught off guard by his endorsement. This is what he wants. Who am I to tell him what he wants?” John Conyers III told the Times.
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