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Anita Hill Responds to Clarence Thomas

Anita Hill wrote in an Op-Ed yesterday, “I stand by my testimony” in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Hill’s statement in the New York Times comes after Thomas’ attacks on her truthfulness in his just released memoirs, “My Grandfather’s Son”, and numerous interviews promoting the book. In the highly charged 1991 hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Hill testified in detail about sexual harassment she experienced working for Thomas at the EEOC.

In the book, Thomas claims that Hill was a mediocre employee who was used by political opponents to claim she was sexually harassed. He added, in an interview with 60 Minutes, that, “She was not the demure, religious, conservative person that they portrayed.”

Responding to Thomas’s claims, Hill said “I will not stand by silently and allow him, in his anger, to reinvent me.”

She also told the Boston Globe that, “What I found very surprising is this is a Supreme Court Justice. He is making these claims that have either been disproved or he is making claims for which he has no proof… Having a Supreme Court Justice do that was what was so shocking about it.”

Sources:

Boston Globe 10/3/07; New York Times 10/2/07; Associated Press 10/2/07