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Anita Hill told a consistent story regarding her harassment.

Hill’s statement that she submitted to the Senate Judiciary Committee did not include any of the graphic allegations described in her testimony. Hill also gave few graphic details in her FBI interview. It was only after working with leading liberal lawyers opposed to Thomas that Hill added in the graphic allegations.

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Anita Hill immediately cooperated with the Senate when asked about Thomas.

When first contacted by Senate staffers, Anita Hill was evasive and did not provide information about Thomas’s alleged conduct. Then, when she made her allegations, she wanted complete anonymity. She refused repeatedly to be interviewed by the FBI. She eventually relented, but then lied about the FBI interview in later testimony.

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Other women claimed they were sexually harassed by Clarence Thomas.

Anita Hill is the only person ever to testify under oath that Clarence Thomas sexually harassed her. Angela Wright – who had serious credibility issues and ultimately declined to testify – stated that Thomas did not sexually harass her. Sukari Hardnett stated that Thomas did not harass her.

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Clarence Thomas used his senior position to harass women who worked for him.

Actually: Many of Thomas’ female employees, some of whom had been victims of sexual harassment themselves in other jobs, testified to his “scrupulous” treatment of women and extraordinary sensitivity. Not one co-worker of Hill testified in support of her allegations. 

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Clarence Thomas created a toxic work environment in his offices at Education and EEOC.

Actually, many colleagues testified and submitted statements that Clarence Thomas was a kind, caring employer and that they never saw any hint of improper behavior during their many years working for him. Not one colleague vouched for Hill’s allegations.

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Anita Hill cut off contact with Clarence Thomas after leaving the EEOC.

After she left EEOC, Anita Hill called Clarence Thomas several times over several years. When Thomas went to Oklahoma to give a speech arranged by Hill, according to a mutual friend, Hill eagerly joined Thomas for breakfast at this friend’s home and volunteered to drive Thomas to the airport.

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