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Justice Thomas' Wife Calls Anita Hill

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Justice Thomas' Wife Calls Anita Hill

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Justice Thomas' Wife Calls Anita Hill

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The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has asked Anita Hill to apologize for accusing the justice of sexual harassment during confirmation hearings 19 years ago. Virginia Thomas calls it "an olive branch."

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

We have a follow up this morning, on one of the most famous political stories of recent times. Nineteen years ago Clarence Thomas won confirmation to the Supreme Court.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

He did so, despite accusations of sexual harassment by his former subordinate Anita Hill. This month Anita Hill received a voice mail message. It came from Clarence Thomas' wife. Virginia Thomas asked Anita Hill to apologize.

MONTAGNE: Her message said, quote, "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, some time, and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband."

INSKEEP: We know the transcript, thanks to ABC News. Anita Hill responded to this message by contacting security at Brandeis University where she now works. And they contacted the FBI. Mrs. Thomas now says she was extending an olive branch with her voice mail. Anita Hill says it's offensive to suggest that there's anything for which she should apologize.

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