24 hours after publicly gushing over Conyers as an ‘icon,’ Pelosi slams on brakes: I believe accuser, now

DCNFAmber Randall, DCNF

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi came forward to say she now believes a sexual harassment accuser of a fellow Democratic congressman Monday night.

Pelosi seemed to have changed her tune on a sexual harassment accusation against Democratic Rep. John Conyers of Michigan, saying she believed Melanie Sloan’s account of “distressing experiences” while working for the congressman.

“This afternoon, I spoke with Melanie Sloan who worked for Congressman Conyers on the Judiciary Committee in the mid-1990s,” Pelosi said in the statement. “Ms. Sloan told me that she had publicly discussed distressing experiences while on his staff. I find the behavior Ms. Sloan described unacceptable and disappointing. I believe what Ms. Sloan has told me.”

Pelosi seemed to defend Conyers from the harassment allegations Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and hailed the representative as a “icon.”

“I don’t know who they are,” Pelosi said Sunday when asked by the host whether she believed the women. “Do you? They have not really come forward.”

At least five women have accused Conyers of a sexually harassing them while they worked for him.

Sloan alleged that Conyers summoned her into his office while he was only wearing underwear. Conyers has denied all accusations, but stepped down from his position on the House Judiciary Committee while an investigation into his behavior is going on.

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