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Accuser: Conyers brought up Chandra Levy when I turned down his advances

A woman accused who accused former Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D-Mich.) of sexual misconduct said Conyers brought up slain Federal Bureau of Prisons intern Chandra Levy after she rejected advances from him when she was an intern.

Courtney Morse told The Washington Post that Conyers told her one night he was interested in a sexual relationship and held her hand in her lap after driving her home.

Morse said when she rejected his advances, Conyers brought up Levy's case.

"He said he had insider information on the case. I don't know if he meant it to be threatening, but I took it that way," Morse told the publication.

"I got out of the car and ran," she continued.

Levy disappeared in 2001. Her remains were found a year later in a Washington, D.C., park.

Morse said the incident caused her to quit the paid summer internship.

Conyers's lawyer Arnold Reed dismissed the allegations from Morse and other women, calling them "ripple effects" that occur when one woman steps forward, according to The Washington Post.

Morse's account comes after Conyers, who was one of the longest-serving members, resigned from his seat Tuesday following numerous sexual misconduct allegations against him.

Several congressional Democrats, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), had called for Conyers to step down.

The allegations against Conyers originally surfaced as part of a BuzzFeed News report last month that said the longtime congressman paid out a $27,000, taxpayer-funded wrongful termination settlement in 2015 to a former staffer who said she was fired because she refused the congressman's sexual advances.

--This report was updated at 11:51 a.m.

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