A New York magazine report published Sunday put new scrutiny on Justice Clarence Thomas, raising fresh questions about his turbulent U.S. Senate confirmation hearings amid the national dialogue now about the suppression of sexual misconduct claims against men in power.
Thomas’s 1991 Supreme Court hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee riveted the nation when Anita Hill came forward to testify that Thomas allegedly made inappropriate comments to her that amounted to sexual harassment. Hill had worked with Thomas at the U.S. Department of Education and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Thomas denied Hill’s charges. The Senate confirmed Thomas, now 69, by a vote of 52-48.
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