HBO’s ‘Confirmation’ centers on the scandal involving Supreme Court nominee Clarence Thomas and law professor Anita Hill, who accused him of sexual harassment. With the highly anticipated movie due to premiere, let’s learn more the allegations that rocked America!
Confirmation, premiering April 16 on HBO, is a movie about the confirmation hearing of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, then 42, in 1991. During the hearing, allegations of sexual assault leaked, and University of Oklahoma law professor Anita Hill, then 34, was called forward to testify about what she said Clarence did to her when she was once his employee. It was an utterly shocking case that captivated the entire nation. Click through to learn five facts about what to expect from the HBO movie!
Anita accused Clarence of some gross, gross things.
Anita (who’s played by Kerry Washington in the movie), testified that during the time Justice Thomas (played by Wendell Pierce) was her boss at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, he focused on some disgusting topics, like the size of his penis, pubic hair, oral sex, and his favorite porno movies. He badgered her to date him, as well. Ew.
Anita wanted to keep the allegations confidential.
An aide to Senator Ted Kennedy heard that there are sexual assault allegations against the conservative Supreme Court nominee, and tracked down Anita, who was then a professor teaching law at the University of Oklahoma (now an attorney). Anita reluctantly agreed to make a statement, under the condition that it would remain confidential; the statement leaked, and Anita was then forced to testify in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee.
Clarence denied, denied, denied the allegations.
Not only did Justice Thomas deny that he ever sexually harassed Anita, but he accused the Senate of racism; he claimed they were staging a “high-tech lynching.” Wow!
The allegations were never proven.
Sorry if this is a spoiler, but the case did happen 25 years ago! The sexual harassment allegations weren’t taken seriously, and weren’t explored. And, as you know, Clarence Thomas is a sitting member of the Supreme Court. He got off scot-free.
Anita’s testimony inspired women to speak up about sexual harassment.
After Anita testified against Justice Thomas, more and more women found the courage to come forward at work with their sexual harassment claims. Additionally, more women ran for public office. 1992 was even called “The Year of the Woman” because so many women were elected to Congress…24 in the House and six in the Senate.
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