Nineteen years after she accused her husband of sexual harassment, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has called Anita Hill and asked her to apologize.
According to ABC News, which reports that it heard the voicemail message left for Hill, Virginia Thomas said, "I just wanted to reach across the airwaves and the years and ask you to 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."
When Hill heard the voicemail, she thought it was a prank and contacted the public safety office at Brandeis University, where she is a law professor. The matter was then referred to the FBI.
Virginia Thomas confirmed she placed the call, saying in a statement:
"I did place a call to Ms. Hill at her office extending an olive branch to her after all these years, in hopes that we could ultimately get passed (sic) what happened so long ago. That offer still stands, I would be very happy to meet and talk with her if she would be willing to do the same."
But Mrs. Thomas shouldn't hold her breath waiting for an apology. In a statement, Hill said:
"I have no intention of apologizing because I testified truthfully about my experience and I stand by that testimony. I certainly thought the call was inappropriate."
During his 1991 Senate confirmation hearings to the high court, Thomas adamantly denied Hill's accusations that he made inappropriate sexual remarks, including references to pornographic movies.