October 9, 2007
In Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' new memoir, My Grandfather's Son, he addresses the sexual harassment allegations made by Anita Hill that once threatened his appointment to the high court.
Angela Wright also worked with Thomas at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and alleged that she, too, was sexually harassed by him. She was later fired. Wright shares her story, including why she did not testify against Thomas during his 1991 Senate confirmation hearings.
The following is an excerpt of our interview with Wright:
First of all, I would like to ask, why didn't you testify? You were subpoenaed to come to Washington. You were interviewed. Your interview was placed in the record, but you were never called. Now, [former] Republican [Senator] Alan Simpson, at the time, said you got cold feet. Did you get cold feet?
No, absolutely not, Michel. I was fully prepared to testify. I realized it was not going to be easy, but I was once I was there, I was committed to going through with the process. The only reason I didn't testify is because I wasn't called to testify. I was there for three days, waiting with my attorneys for the Judiciary Committee to call me, and it was their decision............
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