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October 20, 2010

Anita Hill: No reason to apologize to Thomas

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(The Thomases and Professor Hill. Photo by AP)

NBC reports:

Anita Hill said she has no reason to apologize for accusing then-Supreme Court justice nominee Clarence Thomas of sexually harassing her, in an issue that Thomas's wife has reopened 19 years after his confirmation hearings.

Virginia Thomas left a voicemail message on Hill's office phone over the weekend, asking her to say she is sorry for the allegations that surfaced at Thomas' confirmation hearings for a seat on the high court bench in 1991.

Hill, now a Brandeis University professor, called the message "inappropriate" and she has no reason to atone.

"I have no intention of apologizing because I testified truthfully about my experience and I stand by that testimony," she said in a statement obtained by NBC News.

This is a creepy story. 19 years later, Ginny Thomas decides to leave such a message on Anita Hill's voicemail? Can you say "Let it go"? Incidentally, I believed Anita Hill in 1991 and I still do. As I recall, others' stories about Clarence Thomas jibed with hers. In any case, it is hard to imagine why Mrs. Thomas thought it a smart idea to dredge all that up again.

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