Former University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill made headlines again this week, 16 years after her sexual harassment allegations against then-Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas.
In an autobiography released Monday, Thomas ended his public silence on the allegations, which turned his 1991 confirmation hearings into a national media spectacle.
Thomas calls Hill “my most traitorous adversary” in the book, “My Grandfather’s Son,” ABC News reported. He reiterates he did not make sexual remarks to Hill or reference pornographic movies when she was his employee at the U.S. Education Department and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Thomas claims her allegations were part of an effort by political opponents using “the age-old blunt instrument of accusing a black man of sexual misconduct,” The Associated Press reported. At the time of the hearings, Thomas said that they were nothing more than a “high-tech lynching for uppity blacks.”
On “Good Morning America” this week, Hill, also black, maintained her “testimony was truthful.” In response to a comment Thomas’ wife, Virginia, made on “60 Minutes,” that Hill owes her family an apology, Hill said, “I know what happened. Virginia does not.”
After the hearings, Thomas went on to be confirmed to the court. Hill formally left OU ” where she was working when she testified ” in 1998. She now teaches at Brandeis University in Massachusetts. “Emily Jerman