Clarence Thomas's Ex: Anita Hill Got It Right
Allegations didn't surprise old girlfriend Lillian McEwen
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 20, 2010 1:36 PM CDT
This still image from video provided by WCVB-TV in Boston shows Brandeis University professor Anita Hill driving from her home Wednesday.   (AP Photo/WCVB-TV)

(Newser) – Most definitely not what Ginni Thomas hoped would happen when she called Anita Hill seeking an apology: Now that the story's gone national, the Washington Post talks to a woman who dated Clarence Thomas in the 1980s and says the lewd behavior alleged by Hill didn't surprise her. "The Clarence I know was certainly capable not only of doing the things that Anita Hill said he did, but it would be totally consistent with the way he lived his personal life then," says Lillian McEwen, a former Senate judiciary panel lawyer.

McEwen, who's writing her own memoir, also tells the Post she's not surprised that Thomas's wife placed the call to Hill. "He is married to a woman who is loyal to him and religious in a way he would like to be. This combination of religiosity and loyalty and belief that he is really the kind of person who he describes in his book would just about compel her to do something like that." The newspaper lists other such calls Ginni Thomas has made to reporters and the like when they've written about people with sullied reputations.

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jcapatelli
Oct 21, 2010 4:07 PM CDT
Matthew writes: "What makes Anita more credible than Juanita?" Answer: The statements of Andrea Wright, who also worked for Clarence Thomas in the 1980's and also described him as a sexual predator, using his position to try and intimidate women who worked for him into having sex with him. Wright and Hill both stand by their stories. 100%. And now the ex-spouse of Thomas verifies his sociopathic behavior as well. There were also at least two other women who the Republicans on the Judiciary Committee stopped from testifying against Thomas. Thomas is a sick man. And a complete incompetent dunce. His confirmation to the SC was a travesty. But we can thank Ginny Thomas for reminding the world of this. He'll never be able to escape these facts. Ever.
Bob
Oct 21, 2010 12:46 PM CDT
LOL! I like the moronic right-wingnuts who never miss an opportunity to take a shot at someone they consider liberal left-wingers, such as Bill Clinton. After they tarred and feathered him over Lewinsky, derailing his agenda as a duly elected chief executive over covering up consensual sex between two adults; they then blindly support someone who needed to use the Supreme Court to steal an election, who lied to get us into a war, which has our country deep in debt, wrongly proclaimed "mission accomplished," while supporting the oil cartel which is putting our economy in a major hole while helping their rich friends get richer and the rest of us poorer, while said former chief-exec gets health-care (and a pension) gratis on the backs of the taxpayer while denying us a chance to get a fair shake at reasonably priced health care and promoting the rich's attempt to not pay taxes, which helps fund, of all things, the health-care and pension of said Supreme Court "selected" former chief-exec and his VP. And this somehow makes Anita Hill a liar? I guess the thinking is, "can't win on the merits of the case so ad hominem abuse the accuser."
matthew
Oct 21, 2010 9:21 AM CDT
The koolaid-drinking left line up to stand behind Anita Hill yet ignore Juanita Broderick who says she was raped by Bill Clinton. What makes Anita more credible than Juanita?