Chandra Levy's mother speaks out about Rep. John Conyers sexual misconduct allegations

Courtney Morse alleged that when she refused John Conyers' sexual advances, the congressman mentioned Chandra Levy, a former federal intern who went missing earlier that year.

Last Tuesday, the longest serving member of the United States Congress John Conyers resigned amid multiple sexual harassment allegations.

Recent reports have brought back a name that swelled national headlines 16 years ago after a former Conyers intern told the Washington Post that he propositioned her for sex in 2001.

Courtney Morse alleged that when she refused, the congressman mentioned Chandra Levy, a former federal intern who went missing earlier that year.

Levy's mother, Susan Levy, who has been searching for answers into her daughter’s death for more than a decade, spoke with ABC10 News about the Washington Post report.

"I see a shake up going, and I think there a lot of people being forth—that they have to come out and talk more,” Levy said. “There's been a lot of coverups, I believe, of things that happen in our country, and that need to be addressed."

Levy was a 24-year-old intern at the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Washington, D.C. when she suddenly vanished. Her skeletal remains were found in 2002 and her death was declared a homicide

One reason, Chandra Levy's story received so much attention was her relationship with then Congressman Gary Condit. He was 53-years-old and married when it began.

Condit was never charged with a crime.

Susan first shared a letter she began writing weeks before these allegations and reports surfaced, which she says convinced her to come forward and share it.

"Now we have women standing up bravely telling their stories of sexual abuse and assault in the workplace. They have voices,” Susan said. “Good for the women who survived the trauma and are still alive to talk about it. But I'm a mother and must be the voice for my child, Chandra Levy."

Levy says she supports the recent #MeToo movement that has led to a flood of sexual misconduct accusations against high profile people across the nation.

When asked is she thinks Conyer may have knowledge about her daughter’s death, she says she isn’t sure but hopes someone will come forward to speak about it.

"I think there's a group of people," Susan begins to explain." I'm not saying I know, because I don't know, but maybe there's a group of people who do know more than they're willing to talk about."

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