Anita Hill is Asked to Apologize to Clarence Thomas
They're the two women at the center of the most famous sexual harassment case in U.S. history. Now, two decades later, Anita Hill and Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, are once again captivating the country's attention with a shocking new war of words.
Yes, out of the blue, Virginia Thomas, left a voice message for Hill seeking an apology for accusing her husband of sexual harassment during his dramatic Supreme Court confirmation hearings in 1991.
On the phone message, Virginia Thomas said, "Good morning Anita Hill, it's Ginni Thomas. I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and 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. So give it some thought and certainly pray about this and come to understand why you did what you did. Ok, have a good day."
The voicemail is drawing extroardinary reaction.
Whoopi Goldberg said on The View, "It's been 19 years let it go. If she hasn't called you, she probably doesn't want to apologize."
Hill is calling the message "inappropriate," saying, "I have no intention of apologizing, and I stand by my testimony in 1991."
Hill became part of a national firestorm when she claimed that Thomas made crude sexual comments to her in the workplace, something he has empahtically denied. Now 54-years-old, Hill is a law professor at Brandeis University.
Virginia Thomas, known as Ginny is 53-years-old, and is politically active in the tea party movement. In 2007 Ginni told ABC news that she wanted Hill to say she was sorry.
Good Morning America's Robin Roberts asked Anita Hill, "Is that going to happen?"
Hill replied, "No. I don't have a quarrel with Virginia Thomas and I dont want to be drawn into a fight with Virginia Thomas. I'm sure she wants to stand by and support her husband, but she wasn't there in the workplace with me."
It looks like Ginni Thomas still won't be getting the closure she's looking for.
Hill says she initially thought the phone call was a crank. No comment from supreme court officials on the call.