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Anita Hill's Lawyer 'Shocked' By Virginia Thomas Call

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Anita Hill's Lawyer 'Shocked' By Virginia Thomas Call

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' wife Virginia left a voicemail message on the telephone of Anita Hill, asking her to say she was sorry for the allegations of sexual harassment that surfaced at Thomas' confirmation hearings for a seat on the high court bench in 1991.

NPR's Michel Martin spoke with with Dahlia Lithwick, senior legal correspondent for Slate.com, and Harvard Law professor Charles Ogletree.

Ogletree represented Hill during the hearings and says he was "shocked" by news of the call.

"It's been a living nightmare for professor Anita Hill," says Ogletree.

Anita Hill said she has no intention of apologizing because she told the truth. She issued this statement:

I certainly thought the call was inappropriate. I have no intention of apologizing because I testified truthfully about my experience and I stand by that testimony.

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