Clarence Thomas's Wife Calls Anita Hill, Seeks Apology

But Hill thinks it's a prank, calls cops
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2010 7:19 PM CDT
Updated Oct 20, 2010 4:32 AM CDT
Clarence Thomas's Wife Calls Anita Hill, Seeks Apology
1991 file photo: Anita Hill testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court.   (AP Photo/John Duricka, file)

(Newser) – Bygones? Not so much. The wife of Clarence Thomas left a voicemail for Anita Hill requesting that she apologize for the testimony against her husband at his 1991 confirmation hearings, reports ABC News. “Good morning, Anita Hill, it's Ginny Thomas,” said the message. “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." (She did conclude with "have a good day.")

Hill says she thought it was a prank and told police, which is how word leaked out. Virginia Thomas confirmed she called but characterized it as an "olive branch," notes the New York Times. Says Hill: That was no olive branch, considering it assumes she lied about her allegations of sexual harassment. "I don’t apologize. I have no intention of apologizing and I stand by my testimony in 1991.” (Read more Anita Hill stories.)

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