In New Book, Justice Thomas Weighs In on Former Accuser

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in a forcefully rendered new autobiography, says he was pilloried during his 1991 confirmation hearings because liberal advocacy groups who feared he would vote to overturn abortion rights were willing to stoop to “the age-old blunt instrument of accusing a black man of sexual misconduct.”

They did so by, he writes, by using untrue sexual harassment claims by Anita F. Hill, a law professor and former subordinate, whom he described as a mediocre but ambitious lawyer and labels as “my most traitorous adversary.”

The 289-page book, “My Grandfather’s Son,” is Justice Thomas’s most complete account of his life and his version of the events surrounding the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings that engaged much of the nation.

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