Anita Hill says Clarence Thomas’ wife left a voicemail asking for an apology

October 21st, 2010 by Staff

WASHINGTON — Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Associate Justice Clarence Thomas, left a message last weekend on the voicemail of Anita Hill, who accused her husband of sexual harassment during his confirmation hearings, a spokeswoman for Virginia Thomas confirmed Tuesday.

In a message left at the office of Hill, now a professor at Brandeis University, Virginia Thomas reportedly brought up Hill’s accusations against her husband during the 1991 hearings.
In response to questions about the call relayed through a publicist, Virginia Thomas confirmed that she had left a message on Hill’s voicemail.
“I did place a call to Ms. Hill at her office extending an olive branch to her after all these years, in hopes that we could ultimately get past what happened so long ago,” she said in a statement provided to The New York Times. “Certainly no offense was ever intended.”
She did not explain why she had reached out to Hill now.
ABC News quoted from the voicemail: “Good morning, Anita Hill, it’s Ginny Thomas,” she said. “I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometime and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband. So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did. OK. Have a good day.”
The university appeared to be taking the matter more seriously. Andrew Gully, senior vice president of the Brandeis University communications office, confirmed that Hill had received the message, that she had turned it over to the campus Department of Public Safety Monday. They, in turn, passed it on to the FBI.
“I thought it was certainly inappropriate,” Hill said in an interview. “It came in at 7:30 a.m. on my office phone from somebody I didn’t know, and she is asking for an apology. It was not invited.”
The allegations by Hill, a former aide to Clarence Thomas when he worked at the Department of Education and then the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, emerged late in his confirmation hearings.
Called to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, she claimed that he had repeatedly made inappropriate sexual comments in the workplace. He denied the allegations and called them “a high-tech lynching.”
In the end, the Senate confirmed Justice Thomas by a vote of 52-48.

One Response

  1. kerrytheviking

    who put the pubic hair on my coke can? howard did a skit on the channel nine show, what a f’ing riot

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