Conyers accuser Melanie Sloan: People 'shrug off' misconduct on Capitol Hill

The Michigan representative is under scrutiny for alleged sexual harassment.

Sloan is the third woman to accuse Conyers of impropriety. On Monday, BuzzFeed reported Conyers' office paid a female aide over $27,000 as part of a confidentiality agreement to settle a wrongful dismissal complaint; Conyers did not admit wrongdoing. The next day, the outlet reported that in February Conyers' longtime scheduler filed a federal complaint alleging "sexual advances in the form of inappropriate comments and touches," but she later abandoned the case after a court denied her request to keep it sealed.

Conyers, the longest-serving member of the U.S. House, has denied all accusations of wrongdoing, and his lawyer released a statement Wednesday night saying the congressman “has no plans to resign” and that he will cooperate with any investigation the House deems necessary.

“Congressman Conyers has always maintained his innocence in the face of these allegations,” Conyers’ attorney Arnold Reed wrote in a statement.

Sloan, a Washington lawyer, was minority counsel to the House Judiciary Committee from 1995 until 1998. She currently serves as a senior adviser to American Oversight, a government watchdog group.

She also told ABC News that while she did not consider Conyers' behavior to be sexual harassment she did consider it to be “sexual discrimination.”

“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,” Sloan said. “Certainly, Congressman Conyers was picking on me and this was well known throughout the committee staff. It was obvious.”

“My sense is people shrug off members' misconduct on Capitol Hill. The kind of abuse I suffered at Congressman Conyers was awful, but I won't say that it's unique,” Sloan said. “Capitol Hill is a place where loyalty is valued above all, so if you were to ever to speak badly about a former member of Congress, you can find yourself shunned and find it very difficult to find future employment and I think members of Congress are well aware of that and they prey upon that.”