John Conyers’ son is giving his embattled father a run for his money when it comes to salacious stories.
Rep. John Conyers became a media lightening rod when years of sexual abuse allegations against the long-standing Michigan Democrat re-surfaced. After feeble attempts by fellow Dems like Nancy Pelosi tried to continue to claim Conyers a champion for women failed spectacularly, Conyers’ own Party turned on him and demanded his resignation.
Conyers finally conceded on the grounds that he would not seek reelection, and announced his “retirement” earlier this week.
But Conyers senior wasn’t going to go away without trying to keep the seat he held since 1965 in the family. The embattled Rep. endorsed his son John Conyers III, who currently works as a hedge fund manager, to take his place.
The announcement has already revealed more than a few red flags.
Conyers III was arrested in February for stabbing his girlfriend after police found her at home with injuries, the New York Times reported. The young Conyers disclosed the incident to the Times on Wednesday in an effort to avoid further scandal around the salacious report.
“She says I stabbed her, which makes no sense,” Conyers, 27, said. “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.”
Police arrested Conyers III the day after Valentine’s Day on suspicion of domestic violence, the Times reported.
The Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office eventually dropped the charges, but the girlfriend obtained a restraining order against Conyers that will remain until March 2018, according to the Times.
“At no point did I initiate contact with any objects,” he said. “All criminal charges were dismissed and a restraining order was entered as a cooling off measure. The authorities did not see any need to proceed further.”
The revelation comes as numerous power players in media and politics have come under fire for sexual harassment and violence against (mostly) women.
Conyers III spoke about the incident in order to get ahead of what would surely become big news as his bid to become a Congressman becomes concrete.
Conyers’ girlfriend at the time was the one who called police after sustaining an injury, but the LA District Attorney’s Office could not conclude beyond a reasonable doubt that “the victim’s injury was not accidentally sustained,” the Times reported.
The Congressional hopeful also made news earlier this week when it was discovered Conyers III once had aspirations of becoming a rap artist. On the surface, the report wouldn’t have been newsworthy but for the salacious lyrics about drug dealing friends and a womanizing father.
As far February’s arrest… Conyers said he’s repented.
“I apologize, and I am regretful for any part I played in escalating the altercation,” he said.