John Conyers’ son accused but not charged of stabbing girlfriend
The son of scandal-plagued Michigan Rep. John Conyers — endorsed by his dad to succeed him in Congress — was taken into custody, but not charged, in the stabbing of his girlfriend earlier this year, records show.
John Conyers III, a Detroit hedge fund manager possibly contending for his father’s vacant Congress seat, was cuffed at a Los Angeles residence on Feb. 15, according to case paperwork obtained by the Daily News. His girlfriend, who is not identified in the paperwork, had called the cops after her 27-year-old beau grew violent and accused her of cheating on him.
The girlfriend told investigators that Conyers “body slammed her on the bed and then on the floor where he pinned her down and spit on her.”
After the girlfriend tried to call the cops, an enraged Conyers allegedly took her phone and chased her into the kitchen where she grabbed a knife and screamed at him to leave. Instead, she said, Conyers took the knife and swung it at her, slashing her arm.
Conyers was released on a $50,000 bond the same day and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office denied pursuing charges, citing a “lack of independent witnesses.” The girlfriend had a small stab wound on her lower bicep but prosecutors said there was no way to prove that the victim’s injury “was not accidentally sustained.”
John Conyers III poses with his father in 2011.
Conyers’ father, John Conyers (D-Mich.), resigned from Congress earlier this week amid shocking allegations he sexually harassed a number of female staffers.
In an interview with a Detroit radio station on Tuesday, the 88-year-old ex-congressman said his son should take his seat in the House.
“I have a great family here and especially in my oldest boy, John Conyers III, who, incidentally, I endorse to replace me in my seat in Congress,” the disgraced politician said.
The Conyers family revelations come as Washington is already grappling with dozens of sexual harassment claims against powerful male politicians.