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Oct 20, 2010 11:50 AM by Associated Press

Justice Thomas' wife leaves voice message for Anita Hill

The wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas is asking Anita Hill to consider apologizing for accusing the justice of sexually harassing her.

The request came in a voicemail message left on Oct. 9, some 19 years after Hill made the accusation during the justice's confirmation hearing. Virginia Thomas calls the message "an olive branch."

But Hill, who is now a professor at Brandeis University, calls it "inappropriate." She says she has "no intention of apologizing" and stands by her testimony.

Hill worked for Thomas in two federal government jobs, before he was nominated to the high court.

After hearing the voicemail, Hill contacted Brandeis' public safety office, which informed the FBI. Virginia Thomas says she did not intend to offend Hill, and had hoped that they could get past something that happened long ago.

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