Almost 20 years after the fact, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has called the woman who accused her husband of sexual harassment and asked for an apology.
According to the NY Times, in a voice mail message left at 7:31 a.m. on Oct. 9, a Saturday, Virginia Thomas asked her husband’s former aide-turned-adversary to make amends. Ms. Hill played the recording, from her voice mail at Brandeis University, for The New York Times.
“Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas,” it 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.”
Ms. Thomas went on: “So give it some thought. And certainly pray about this and hope that one day you will help us understand why you did what you did. O.K., have a good day.”
Dr. Hill, who testified that Clarence once held out his soda can and asked, “Who has put pubic hair on my Coke?,” said she thought the call “was a prank.”
When told of Virginia’s comments, Anita replied,
“Even if it wasn’t a prank, it was in no way conciliatory for her to begin with the presumption that I did something wrong in 1991. I don’t apologize. I have no intention of apologizing, and I stand by my testimony in 1991.”
Why wait 19 years? Were you bored and looking for something to do at 7:30 in the morning?