Anita Hill Says No Apology To Clarence Thomas, Wife

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The wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas has called Anita Hill, looking for an apology.

Hill is refusing to apologize for accusing Thomas of sexual harassment during his confirmation hearings.

“I have no intention of apologizing because I testified truthfully about my experience and I stand by that testimony,” Hill, now a professor at Brandeis University, said in a statement released Tuesday night.

Virginia Thomas left a voicemail on Hill’s cell phone over the weekend, asking her to say that she was sorry for making the allegations in 1991.

CBS News released a transcript of the phone call, in which Thomas 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.”

Hill said in her statement that the call was inappropriate.

Thomas said the phone call was an attempt at extending an olive branch to Hill, and that she did not intend to offend her. Thomas said in a 2007 interview that she believed Hill owed her husband an apology, and she told reporters Tuesday that her view on the situation has not changed.

Hill worked for Clarence Thomas in two federal government jobs before he was selected for the Supreme Court by President George H. W. Bush. Her allegations during his confirmation hearing, made only after she was contacted by congressional investigators, nearly derailed his nomination.

Anita Hill Says No Apology To Clarence Thomas, Wife


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