John Conyers III, the son who former U.S. Rep. John Conyers wants to succeed him in Congress, was arrested in Los Angeles earlier this year on suspicion of domestic violence but was not prosecuted due to a lack of third-party witnesses, the Detroit News reports. A worksheet from the L.A. County District Attorney’s Office shows a woman he was dating alleged that Conyers III “body slammed her on the bed and then on the floor where he pinned her down and spit on her” after he accused her of cheating on him. Conyers III called 911 after the altercation and told police the woman had pulled a knife on him. He said he had disarmed her and she was injured during the struggle.
The woman suffered a stab wound. The Feb. 15 arrest was reported by NBC News one day after Rep. Conyers resigned while denying sexual harassment claims by former staffers and endorsed his son in the race to succeed him. In the Los Angeles case, “It cannot be proven beyond a reasonable doubt” that the woman’s injury “was not accidentally sustained while (Conyers III) was disarming her,” wrote deputy district attorney Natasha Cooper. Conyers III, 27, has never held elected office and has not discussed his potential candidacy since his father endorsed him. The former congressman’s great-nephew, state Sen. Ian Conyers of Detroit, has said he is running for the same seat. Conyers III has described himself online as a hedge fund manager and “multi-discipline consultant” who splits his time between Detroit and Los Angeles. Conyers III caused an ethics problem in 2010, when the congressman had to reimburse the U.S. Treasury $5,682 for his son’s misuse of his taxpayer-funded Cadillac Escalade.