Virginia Thomas Leaves Anita Hill a Voicemail Asking for An Apology — Hill Says No

By Maya

Oct 19, 2010 6:50pm

ABC News' Jake Tapper, Ariane de Vogue and KGO’s Mark Matthews report:

A few days ago, Brandeis University professor Anita Hill received  a message on her voice mail at work.

“Good morning, Anita Hill, it's Ginny Thomas,” said the voice. “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.”

Hill didn’t think the call was real.

“I initially thought it was a prank,” Hill told ABC News. “And if it was, I thought the authorities should know about it.”

She reported the call to campus police.

Mark Matthews of our affiliate KGO learned about this and reached out to Virginia Thomas.

Thomas e-mailed him, saying: “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 past 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. Certainly no offense was ever intended.”

 

 

Hill told ABC News: “Even if it wasn’t a prank, 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 continued: “I don’t apologize. I have no intention of apologizing, and I stand by my testimony in 1991.”

Hill remembered that when Justice Clarence Thomas’ autobiography was released in 2007; Ariane and Jan Crawford interviewed the Thomases.

ABC: “When you think about Anita Hill … was she a pawn, was she a liar?”

Justice Thomas: “I really don’t care enough — let me be honest with you. I went through that during the hearing. I thought about it. I really don’t care. What I care about is that the responsible people didn’t put an end to this nonsense.”

Virginia Thomas: “I think there’s a lot of theories, but I hope she one day calls up and apologizes, and I look forward to forgiving her. … I’m sure she got swept up into something bigger than she may have understood at the beginning of whatever she was doing, but I think she owes us an apology, and I look forward to receiving that phone call or that visit one day. “

“So this isn’t new territory,” Hill told ABC News.

-Jake Tapper, Ariane de Vogue and KGO’s Mark Matthews

Watch Virginia Thomas' recent appearance on ABC News' "Good Morning America":

 

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