Washington D.C. was in the midst of controversy when Anita Hill testified in 1991 that she was sexually harassed by Clarence Thomas while working for him.Here’s everything you need to know about Anita before watching the HBO movie!
The highly-anticipated HBO movie Confirmation, airing on April 16, chronicles Clarence Thomas’ Supreme Court nomination hearings, and the scandal that riveted a nation when Anita Hill accused him of sexual harassment. HollywoodLife.com has 5 key facts to know about Anita before grabbing your popcorn to watch Confirmation.
1. Who is Anita Hill?
She went to Oklahoma State University before attending Yale’s School of Law. In 1981, she started working as Clarence’s assistant. It was during her time working for Clarence that she claimed that he had made moves on her. When she refused him, he allegedly made sexual remarks to her and began describing pornographic films he had seen, according to Encyclopedia.com. She left DC in 1983.
NPR broke the story of Anita’s accusations against Clarence. President George H.W. Bush nominated Clarence to succeed Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall on the Supreme Court in 1991. Anita’s testimony in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee was a watershed moment in American history.
2. Who plays Anita in Confirmation?
Kerry Washington plays Anita in Confirmation. We all know Kerry from her role as Olivia Pope on Scandal. Wendell Pierce is playing Clarence Thomas.
3. What does now Vice President Joe Biden have to with the situation?
At the time, Joe was the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He was the one presiding over the Clarence hearings. Over the years, Joe has been criticized for how he handled the hearings, especially over not calling additional witnesses to the stand.
4. What was the fallout from Anita’s accusation?
After an intense back-and-forth, the United States Senate confirmed Clarence to the Supreme Court by a vote of 52-48 on October 16, 1991.
5. What has Anita following the Clarence Thomas controversy?
She co-edited Race, Gender and Power in America: The Legacy of the Hill-Thomas Hearings with Emma Coleman Jordan. She published her autobiography, Speaking Truth to Power, in 1997.
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