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Anita Hill.Anita Hill. (Credit: Alan Tran/The Brandeis Hoot)

Anita Hill, whose testimony at Justice Clarence Thomas’ confirmation hearing in 1991 blew open a nationwide conversation about sexual harassment in the workplace, said she believes there should be an investigation into new allegations of harassment against Thomas.

Moira Smith, a lawyer in Alaska, told The National Law Journal/Law.com that she was groped by Thomas at a dinner party in 1999. Speaking by phone on Thursday afternoon, Hill said she did not know Smith, but thought her story was bolstered by the fact that she reportedly told friends about it at the time.

“To say that something like this is coming for political gains—and of course that was an allegation that was directed at me—is undermined by the fact that 16 years before, she went to friends and told people. So this is not something that she’s told for the first time at this point, this is something that people knew and they seem to be confirming,” Hill said.

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