US House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi says Conyers should resign
Nancy Pelosi (NBC/screen grab)

U.S. House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said on Thursday that Representative John Conyers should resign after sexual harassment allegations were brought against him, saying "zero tolerance means consequences for everyone."

Pelosi said the situation with Conyers, the longest-serving member in the U.S. House of Representatives, was "very sad" but the allegations against him were "serious, disappointing and very credible" and "the brave women who came forward are owed justice."

"Congressman Conyers should resign," Pelosi said.

(Reporting by Amanda Becker; Writing by David Alexander; Editing by Tim Ahmann)