Son of ex-Rep. Cony­ers not charged in do­mes­tic case

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LOS AN­GE­LES The son of for­mer Demo­cratic Rep. John Cony­ers, who’s a pos­si­ble can­di­date for his fa­ther’s va­cated U.S. House seat, was ar­rested in Fe­bru­ary in Los An­ge­les af­ter his girl­friend told po­lice he body-slammed and then stabbed her dur­ing an ar­gu­ment, but pros­e­cu­tors de­clined to bring charges.

Doc­u­ments ob­tained by The As­so­ci­ated Press on Wed­nes­day show John Cony­ers III’s girl­friend had a small cut to her arm. Pros­e­cu­tors said they didn’t have in­de­pen­dent wit­nesses and didn’t be­lieve they could prove the vic­tim’s in­juries weren’t ac­ci­den­tal.

The ar­rest was first re­ported by NBC.

Cony­ers, 27, told po­lice he ac­ci­den­tally stabbed her af­ter she threat­ened him with a knife, he dis­armed her and they strug­gled. The girl­friend said she grabbed the knife for pro­tec­tion af­ter he bodys­lammed her, pinned her down and spit on her. She said he took the knife from her and cut her.

The wo­man told au­thor­i­ties the in­ci­dent be­gan when he ac­cused her of cheat­ing on him af­ter check­ing her com­puter.

Af­ter his girl­friend filed for a re­strain­ing or­der in March, Cony­ers re­sponded in court doc­u­ments, say­ing she has “a his­tory of men­tal ill­ness and has made pre­vi­ous false al­le­ga­tions.” A judge granted the re­strain­ing or­der, which re­mains in ef­fect un­til March 2018.

“The en­tire in­ci­dent was a re­sult of an ac­ci­dent. He had con­fronted her that she was cheat­ing on him and she got vi­o­lent,” said Jerome Brad­ford, the at­tor­ney who rep­re­sented Cony­ers in the crim­i­nal case.

“I be­lieve what hap­pened that night was a re­sult of Mr. Cony­ers break­ing up with her af­ter he dis­cov­ered she was be­ing un­true,” Brad­ford said. “I be­lieve that that’s what it is all about — a scorned wo­man.”

A photo in­cluded in court records showed the wound, which ap­peared to be a few inches long and was stitched closed. The records also in­cluded pho­tos of bruises, which the wo­man said came from be­ing grabbed by Cony­ers in July 2016.

Cony­ers’ girl­friend said he grabbed her and pushed her to the ground in the sum­mer of 2016, though he said she fell, ac­cord­ing to the wo­man’s ac­count in court doc­u­ments.

His girl­friend also said he put her in a head­lock while he was driv­ing in Jan­uary and pulled her body across the pas­sen­ger’s seat of the car while yelling at her.

Brad­ford said wit­nesses dis­puted the wo­man’s al­le­ga­tions and he be­lieved she “was ex­ag­ger­at­ing.”

A re­port from the Los An­ge­les County district at­tor­ney’s of­fice said that nei­ther Cony­ers nor his girl­friend have crim­i­nal his­to­ries or re­ported do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dents.

Cony­ers did not re­spond to mes­sages sent to his so­cial me­dia pages Wed­nes­day night.

“My ex­pe­ri­ence with John is he has no his­tory of be­ing vi­o­lent,” Brad­ford said. “He’s a true in­tel­lec­tual.”

The el­der Cony­ers re­signed Tues­day amid sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions and has en­dorsed his son to re­place him in Congress. John Cony­ers III has posted on Twit­ter that he hasn’t de­cided whether he wants to run for his fa­ther’s old seat.

John Cony­ers III is a part­ner for a Detroit-based, mi­nor­ity-run hedge fund.

LOS AN­GE­LES COUNTY SU­PE­RIOR COURT VIA AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

A Los An­ge­les court photo shows what ap­pears to be a wound closed by stitches on the arm of John Cony­ers III’s for­mer girl­friend.

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