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WASHINGTON, DC – OCTOBER 21: (L-R) Associate Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas sits with his wife and conservative activist Virginia Thomas while waiting to speak at the Heritage Foundation on October 21, 2021 in Washington, DC. Clarence Thomas has now served on the Supreme Court for 30 years. He was appointed by former President George HW Bush in 1991 and is the second African-American to serve on the High Court, after Justice Thurgood Marshall.Drew Angerer/Getty Images

  • Ginni Thomas left a voicemail for Anita Hill asking her to apologize for accusing her husband of sexual harassment.

  • Voicemail arrived in 2010, nearly 20 years after Thomas’ Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

  • Thomas described the appeal to the New York Times as an attempt to “keep the peace”; Hill called it “inappropriate”.

Nearly 20 years after her husband’s Supreme Court confirmation, Ginni Thomas left a voicemail for Anita Hill asking her to apologize for accusing Clarence Thomas of sexual harassment.

On Oct. 9, 2010, Anita Hill, then a lawyer and professor at Brandeis University, received a voicemail on her office line, People reported, from the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.

“I would like you to consider an apology someday and a full explanation of why you did what you did with my husband,” Ginni Thomas said in voicemail, People reported. “So think about it and certainly pray about it and understand why you did what you did. Alright have a nice day.”

In 1991, Hill became the center of controversial confirmation hearings for Thomas after an FBI report into his charges leaked to the press. She later testified before Congress that Thomas repeatedly sexually harassed her while she was his subordinate and engaged in inappropriate behavior in the workplace.

It was ultimately confirmed in a 52-48 vote.

Hill described Thomas’s wife’s call as “definitely inappropriate” in an interview with The New York Times.

“It arrived at 7:30 a.m. on my office phone from someone I didn’t know, and she’s asking for an apology,” Hill told The New York Times when the voicemail was first reported. “It wasn’t invited. There was no context for it.”

In a statement sent through her publicist, Thomas acknowledged that she called the woman her husband was accused of harassing and said she meant no offense.

“I called Ms. Hill at her office, handing her an olive branch after all these years, in the hope that we can finally get over what happened so long ago,” the New York reported. Times, Thomas said. “That offer still stands. I would be very happy to meet her and talk to her if she was willing to do the same. Certainly no offense was ever intended.”

Hill, however, did not accept the apology, saying: “I understand that no offense was intentional, but she cannot ask for an apology without suggesting that I did something wrong, and that is offensive.”

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