Anita Hill: ‘I have no intention of apologizing’

By David Edwards
Wednesday, October 20, 2010 8:06 EDT
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Apparently time doesn’t heal all wounds.

Virginia Thomas, the wife of Justice Clarence Thomas, has admitted leaving a voice mail asking Anita Hill for an apology.

Nearly two decades ago Hill accused the now-justice of sexual harassment at his confirmation hearing.

Hill let ABC News hear the voice mail message.

“Good morning Anita Hill, it’s Ginni Thomas,” said the message. “I just want to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to consider something. I would love you to consider an apology sometimes and some full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband.”

Thomas has confirmed she made the call. Hill has turned over the voice mail message to the FBI.

CBS’ Jan Crawford interviewed the Thomas’ three years ago. At the time, Virginia Thomas said that her husband deserved an apology.

“I think she owes us an apology and I look forward to receiving that phone call or that visit one day,” said Thomas.

ABC News reported that Thomas said she was “extending an olive branch to her after all these years… no offense was ever intended.”

But Hill told ABC’s Jake Tapper, It “was in no way conciliatory for her to begin with the presumption that I did something wrong in 1991. I simply testified to the truth of my experience.”

“For her to say otherwise is not extending an olive branch, it’s accusatory,” she said. “I don’t apologize. I have no intention of apologizing and I stand by my testimony from 1991.”

This video is from ABC News Good Morning America, broadcast Oct. 20, 2010.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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