Washington — U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence announced Thursday that she
has accepted the resignation of her chief of staff following
allegations that he sexually harassed several former office
U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence has placed her chief of staff on
administrative leave while she investigates allegations that he
sexually harassed multiple former staff members.
Lawrence, a Southfield Democrat, said she would have investigated
sexual harassment allegations and fired anyone “engaged in sexually
harassing behavior” in her office had she been notified. But,
Lawrence said in a statement, “none of the concerns brought to my
attention involved allegations of sexual harassment.”
Lawrence issued the statement after several former aides told
Politico that chief of staff Dwayne Duron Marshall sexually harassed
them. Three unnamed former female aides told Politico they
personally brought complaints to Lawrence about Marshall
inappropriately touching them or commenting on their appearances.