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It is outrageous that the recent call from Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas--asking Anita Hill to apologize for telling the truth about Justice Thomas--should spark any debate about Hill's testimony almost twenty years ago, which the majority of the country found credible.  

Not that a woman should need such corroboration to be believed, but the MSM seems to have forgotten that during Justice Thomas's confirmation process, two other women told of experiences with Thomas similar to Ms. Hill's.

Now, in light of Ms. Thomas's voice-mail, a fourth woman, Lillian McEwen, has come forward to say she found Hill credible.

During Thomas's confirmation process, two other women echoed Ms. Hill's testimony, telling Senate Judiciary Committee staffers of their similar experiences working with Thomas.

Angela Wright told Senate Judiciary staffers that Thomas pressured her for dates, questioned her about her breast size, commented on her anatomy and that of other women in his employ at the EEOC, and once showed up at her apartment unannounced and uninvited.  An interview with Rose Jourdain, made part of the hearing record, corroborated Wright's statement:

When Ms. Wright first came in, she was very enthusiastic about her job.  She was very happy to be there.  As time went on she confided [in] me increasingly that she was a little uneasy and then grew more uneasy with the chairman, because of comments she told me that he was making concerning her figure, her body, her breasts, her legs, how she looked in certain suits and dresses.

Sukari Hardnett, who worked at the EEOC from 1985 to 1986, also submitted a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Hardnett provided specifics about the undue attention Thomas gave to attractive females as director of the EEOC:

If you were young, black, female and reasonably attractive, you knew full well you were being inspected and auditioned as a female . . . You were always at his beck and call, being summoned constantly, tracked down whereever you were in the agency and given special deference by others because of his interest,

Now, in light of Ms. Thomas's voice-mail, a fourth woman, retired administrative law judge Lillian McEwen, who dated Thomas in from 1979 through the mid-1980s, told The Washington Post says that

The Clarence I know was certainly capable of not only doing the things that Anita Hill said he did, but it would be totally consistent with the way he lived his personal life then.

Ms. Hill should not need three other women telling the same truth to be believed, but let us not forget that she has them.  

PS: There's another Diary on the Rec List right now (about a cheerleader kicked off her squad when she didn't cheer for a player who sexually assaulted her) that shows just how far we have to go when it comes to supporting women who have been sexually assaulted or harassed.

Originally posted to Jesselyn Radack on Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 05:17 AM PDT.

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