Clarence Thomas’ Wife Calls Anita Hill

Time doesn't heal all wounds: Anita Hill is refusing to offer a mea culpa after receiving a message on her work voicemail from Virginia Thomas, the wife of Clarence Thomas, who she accused of sexual harassment during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings. Virginia Thomas asked Hill to “consider an apology sometime” and “some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.” Hill said she initially thought the message was a joke, and reported it to the police at Brandeis University, where she is a professor. But Thomas confirmed she did indeed call Thomas, and said via email that she wanted to get past what happened “so long ago.” In 1991, during Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Hill accused him of sexually harassing her while she worked for him in the Education Department and the Equal Opportunity Employment Commission. Both Clarence Thomas and Hill were lambasted during the hearings, and some speculated Hill lied, but Hill has always stood by her testimony. In 2007, Virginia Thomas said she hopes “one day [Hill] calls up and apologizes and I look forward to forgiving her.”